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Brazil's Forest Products Sector Revenue from Exports of Pulp, Paper and Wood Panels Up 32% in First Two Months of 2018

Bales of pulp being loaded on ship During the first two months of 2018, Brazil's exports of pulp, paper and wood paneling totaled US$1.7 billion — an increase of 32.8%.

March 29, 2018 - The Brazilian Tree Industry reports that exports from its pulp, paper and wood paneling sector during the first two months of 2018 totaled US$1.7 billion — an increase of 32.8%. With this performance, the sector accounted for 13.9% of the values exported by Brazilian agribusiness companies. The trade balance grew by 34.3% to reach US$1.5 million.

China increased the amount of pulp it purchased from Brazil by 40.7% and continued to be the main destination for Brazilian pulp, totaling US$588 million. North America also increased pulp imports by 50.7% to reach US$202 million in the accumulated total for January and February of this year. In Europe, the second-largest destination for Brazilian pulp, grew by 37.3%, totaling US$423 million in the first two months of the year.

For panels, Latin America accounted for more than half of the entire volume Brazil exported, the equivalent of US$24 million, 14.3% over the first two months of 2017. In the paper segment, exports to the region grew 9.7% in the first two months of this year compared with the same period in 2017, totaling US$204 million.

Production

During the first two months of the year, pulp production grew by 13.1%, totaling 3.5 million tons of pulp. For paper, there was an increase in total production for all types (sanitary, graphic, printing and writing, cardboard packaging, and others), adding up to a high of 3.2% in the first two months. The segment produced 1.7 million tons of paper. Sanitary paper was responsible for 185,000 tons (5.1% growth), packaging accounted for 917,000 tons (2.1% growth), and printing and writing for 396,000 tons (3.9% growth).

Domestic Sales

The internal market for wood panels registered a 6.4% gain in accumulated domestic sales for January and February of this year compared with the same period in 2017, totaling 1.1 million m3 sold. The paper sector closed the first two months of 2018 with a positive balance of 3.0%, totaling 850,000 tons sold. Packaging grew 3.2%, and sanitary paper expanded by 5.8%.

Export Volumes

The pulp segment expanded export volumes during the month of February by 33.1%, totaling 1.2 million tons. Wood panels advanced 11.1% in February of 2018 compared to the same month last year, reaching 100,000 m3.

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the field to the industry, before its main audience of interest. To learn more about Ibá, please visit: www.iba.org.

SOURCE: Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)