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Brazil's Export of Pulp, Wood Panels and Paper Increased in 2015

Brazil pulp export Pulp exports from Brazil totaled 11.5 million tons in 2015 YTD, a 8.6% growth compared to 10.6 million tons exported in 2014.

Feb. 1, 2016 - In 2015, the planted trees industry benefited from the currency depreciation and recorded an increase in exports of pulp, wood panels and paper, according to the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Pulp exports totaled 11.5 million tons in 2015 YTD, a 8.6% growth compared to 10.6 million tons exported in 2014.

From January to December 2015, wood panel exports totaled 641 thousand m3, 52.3% higher year-over-year.

Paper exports totaled 2.1 million tons in 2015, 11.5% higher year-over-year.

Exports revenue. In 2015 YTD, export revenues from pulp, paper and wood panels totaled US$7.8 billion, which represents a 6.1% increase year-over-year, which totaled US$7.4 billion in 2014. Total balance of trade for the industry in 2015 is US$ 6.5 billion, which represents a 17.3% increase compared to the balance of trade year-over-year.

Europe remains the main destination for Brazilian pulp, and accounted for approximately 38.5% of that revenue, followed by China and North America, respectively responsible for approximately 33.2% and 17.6%. Shipments to China increased 8.8% in 2015.

Production. From January to December 2015, pulp production totaled 17.2 million tons, a 4.5% increase year-over-year. Paper production also remained practically stable, totaling 10.3 million tons in 2015.

Domestic sales. From January to December 2015, domestic paper sales totaled 5.5 million tons, 4.6% lower year-over-year. Wood panel sales totaled 6.4 million m3, 11.3% lower year-over-year.

Outlook. “2016 will be an austere year, and the market will continue to face the same challenges as in 2015,” said Elizabeth de Carvalhaes, Executive President, Ibá.

“Forecasts should be careful, because we still do not have a clear picture about the measures to boost the economy that will be announced by the government,” de Carvalhaes cautioned.

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain. The association was established in April 2014 and represents 61 companies and nine state entities that provide products obtained from planted trees, with special mention to wood panels and laminate flooring, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass. To learn more about Ibá, please visit: www.iba.org.

SOURCE: Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)