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Brazilian Forest Products Trade Balance Grew 34.3% during January-February over Last Year

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According to Cenários Ibá, a bulletin produced by the Brazilian Tree Industry, exports from the sector during the first two months of the year totaled US$ 1.7 billion, an increase of 32.8 percent, with developments in pulp, wood paneling, and paper. With this performance, the sector accounted for 13.9 percent of the values exported by Brazilian agribusiness companies. The trade balance grew by 34.3 percent to reach US$ 1.5 million.
China increased the amount of pulp it purchases from Brazil by 40.7 percent, and continued to be the main destination for Brazilian pulp, totaling US$ 588 million. North America also increased pulp imports by 50.7 percent 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 percent, totaling US$ 423 million in the first two months of the year.

During the first two months of the year, pulp production grew by 13.1 percent, 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 percent in the first two months. The segment produced 1.7 million tons of paper; sanitary paper was responsible for 185,000 tons (5.1 percent growth).

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