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Trade balance for Brazilian forest sector up 9.5%


September 5, 2017
By The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá)

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Sep. 5, 2017 – From January to July 2017, the trade surplus for the Brazilian planted tree sector reached US$4.2 billion, a 9.5 per cent increase over the US$3.8 billion attained during same period last year. This is mainly the result of ongoing investments in the sector. Export revenues grew 7.7 per cent to reach US$4.8 billion during the first seven months of 2017, compared with the US$4.4 billion recorded for the same period in 2016.

Export revenues
From January to July of 2017, pulp exports reached US$3.5 billion (+9.8 per cent), while paper exports were US$1.1 million (-0.6 per cent) and wood panels exports reached US$163 million (+25.4 per cent).
 
Export destination
China continues to be the main destination for pulp produced in Brazil, accounting for 41.5 per cent of these exports and revenues of US$1.5 billion between January and July of 2017 (+22.7 per cent). The second largest destination for pulp is Europe, which during this period was responsible for 30.9 per cent of exports, corresponding to US$1.1 billion (-2.7 per cent). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first seven months of the year, with export revenues of US$697 million (+10.8 per cent) and US$86 million (+22.9 per cent), respectively.
 
Export volume
During the first seven months of this year, 7.8 million tons of pulp were exported (+4.3 per cent), the paper segment traded 1.2 million tonnes (+1.1 per cent), and 715,000 cubic meters of wood panels were sold (+61.4 per cent).
 
Production
Brazilian pulp production reached 11.2 million tonnes (+4.7 per cent) between January and July of 2017, and paper surpassed the 6.0 million tonne mark (-0.1 per cent).
 
Domestic sales
In the first seven months of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 3.1 million tonnes (-1.0 per cent), while the wood panels sector registered domestic sales of 3.7 million m³ (+0.1 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.