Brazil: Trade balance for the sector up 12.1%

The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)
October 31, 2017
By The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)
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).

Export destination
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.
 
Export volume
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).
 
Production
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).
 
Domestic sales
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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