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Brazil's Forest Products Sector Revenue from Exports of Pulp, Paper and Wood Panels Up 38.5% in First Four Months of 2018

Bales of pulp being loaded on ship Most notable among the products and their destinations was pulp, with revenues boosted by 37.9% in exports to China, 55.6% to North America, and 63.4% to Europe.

May 29, 2018 - The Brazilian Tree Industry reports that exports from its pulp, paper and wood paneling sector during the first four months of the year grew 38.5% compared to the same period in 2017, reaching R$ 3.5 billion. There was growth in three products: pulp, paper, and wood panels. Against this backdrop, the sector increased its share of domestic exports in comparison to 2017, reaching 11.6% of agribusiness and 4.7% of total exports. The trade balance in the sector grew by 42.0% to total R$ 3.2 billion.

Most notable among the products and their destinations was pulp, with revenues boosted by 37.9% in exports to China, 55.6% to North America, and 63.4% to Europe. This means an increase of 48.7% in the accumulated sales values for this product to foreign markets from January to April, when compared to the total value from the same period in 2017.

In the paper sector, Latin America expanded its consumption of this raw material by 14.7% in comparison with the previous year, and was the destination with the greatest monetary transaction volume, which reached US$438 million.

Sales of wood panels to foreign markets advanced 15.1% in value for all destinations.

Production

During the first four months of the year, pulp production gained 10.6% to reach 7.0 million tons. In April alone, 1.7 million tons of this product were produced, up 4.4%. In the paper sector, production rose 3.0% in April, most notably in packaging (+3.8%) and sanitary paper (+3.0%). In the accumulated result for the year, paper production increased by 2.2%, driven by paperboard (+3.7%) and sanitary paper (+6.2%).

Domestic Sales

Wood panels continue their good performance in the domestic market, registering an advance of 13.5% and totaling 537,000 m³ in domestic sales in April and 5.5% growth in the accumulated result for the year, which represents a total of 2.2 million m³. Meanwhile, the paper segment closed the four-month period with 1.8 million tons traded, an increase of 3.7%. Sanitary paper demonstrated the highest growth (+6.9%), with 388,000 tons sold.

Export Volumes

Pulp exports remained high and recorded an advance of 11.1% in April compared to the same period of 2017. Compared to the accumulated total over the same period of the previous year, this product continued to grow by 16.5%, totaling 5.1 million tons sold in external markets. The wood panel category also advanced to reach 416,000 m3 sold in 2018, an increase of 10.6% compared to the previous year. During April 109,000 m3 of this product were traded (+18.5%).

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)