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Brazil’s Production, Exports of Forest Products Grow in 2017

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The results for exports and production from the planted tree sector are positive for the first eight months of 2017. In comparison with this same period last year, exports of pulp rose 4.9%, wood panels 30.4%, and paper 0.6%. This performance led to growth in the production of pulp and paper, on the order of 3.6% and 0.4%, respectively. For wood panels, the good news is that the domestic market for this product is beginning to thaw, with sales 1% higher than during the same period in 2016.

Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 40th edition of Cenários Ibá, http://iba.org/images/shared/Cenarios/40_cen_completo.pdf the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Export revenue – From January to August 2017, revenue from exports reached $5.5 billion (+9.6%); of this total, $4.1 billion (+12.4%) came from sales of pulp abroad, $1.2 billion (-0.3%) came from paper sales, and $191 million (+23.2%) was the result of wood panels sales. As a result, the trade balance in the sector was positive, with a value of $4.85 billion during the first eight months of the year (+11.4% compared with 2016).

Export destinations – Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first eight months of the year, with export revenues of $806 million (+11.2%) and $100 million (+20.5%), respectively. China continues to be the main destination for pulp produced in Brazil, accounting for 40.2% of these exports and revenues of $1.6 billion (+22.0%). The second largest destination for pulp is Europe, which during this period was responsible for 31.5% of exports, corresponding to $1.3 billion (+3.9%).

Export volume – 8.9 million metric tons of pulp was exported (+4.9%), the paper segment traded 1.4 million metric tons (+0.6%), and 840,000 sq. meters of wood panels were sold (+30.4%) between January and August of this year.

Production – Brazilian pulp production reached 12.7 million metric tons (+3.6%) and paper surpassed the 6.9 million metric ton mark (+0.4%).

Domestic sales – Between January and August of 2017, domestic sales of paper reached 3.5 million metric tons (-0.8%), while the wooden panel sector registered internal sales of 4.2 million cubic meters (+1.0%).

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 55 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors.

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