Brazil: Exports surpass US$4B in the first half of 2017
Aug. 3, 2017 - From January to June 2017, pulp exports rose 6.8 per cent in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 6.8 million tonnes; exports of wood panels increased by 34.8 per cent, with 597,000 cubic meters directed to foreign markets, and paper exports grew 1 per cent with almost 1.1 million tonnes traded.
This positive performance propelled export revenues past the US$4 billion mark in the first half of this year, a growth of 7.3 per cent compared to the first six months of 2016; it also created a US$3.6 billion surplus in the trade balance for the sector, an increase of 9.1 per cent.
From January to June 2017, pulp exports reached US$3.0 billion (+9.8 per cent), while paper exports were US$925 million (-2.0 per cent) and wood panel exports reached US$137 million (+25.7 per cent).
More than 42 per cent of the pulp Brazil exported went to China in the first half of 2017, representing revenues of US$1.3 billion; this is an increase of 25.5 per cent over the same period in 2016. Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during this period, with export revenues of US$593 million (+10.0 per cent) and US$75 million (+27.1 per cent), respectively.
Brazilian pulp production surpassed 9.5 million tonnes, growing 5.0 per cent between January and April 2017 in comparison with 2016, and paper registered 5.1 million tonnes (-0.7 per cent).
During the first semester of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 2.6 million tonnes, a drop of 1.6 per cent compared with the same period last year. At the same time, the wooden panel sector registered sales of 3.1 million m³ in Brazil (-1.6 per cent).
The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is an association that represents the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders.
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