Brazil: Trade balance for the sector up 12.1%
Oct. 31, 2017 - The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry surpassed US$5.5 billion from January to September 2017, a growth of 12.1 per cent compared to the same period of 2016. During the first nine months of the year, the industry recorded US$6.3 billion in exports (+10.3 per cent), with pulp sales abroad reaching US$4.6 billion (+13.2 per cent), paper sales of US$1.4 billion (+0.6 per cent), and wood panels sales of US$212 million (+19.8 per cent).
For the combined period spanning January to September of this year, China held firm as the main destination for Brazilian pulp (40.3 per cent), representing revenues of US$1.9 billion (+21.5 per cent). The second largest destination for pulp was Europe, which during this period was responsible for 31.5 per cent of exports, corresponding to US$1.5 billion (+5.8 per cent). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first nine months of the year, with export revenues of US$928 million (+11.7 per cent) and US$111 million (+16.8 per cent), respectively.
Brazilian pulp continues to demonstrate positive numbers in the foreign market. Between January and September 2017, 10.0 million tonnes were sold abroad (+4.2 per cent). During the same period, paper exports remained practically stable with 1.6 million tonnes (-0.2 per cent). The wood panels segment reached 937,000 m3 sold to other countries (+27.7 per cent).
During the first three quarters of 2017, Brazilian pulp production reached 14.3 million tonnes (+2.7 per cent). Paper manufacturing registered 7.8 million tonnes (+0.7 per cent).
From January to September 2017, domestic sales of paper surpassed the 4.0 million tonne mark (-0.5 per cent), while the wood panels sector registered internal sales of 4.8 million m³ (+1.7 per cent).
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.
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