Pulp production grew 5.1% in the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same period last year, totaling 6.32 million tons against 6.02 million in 2016. In the wood panels segment, exports are in the spotlight with a growth of 39.8%, reaching 376,000 cubic meters sold abroad between January and April this year. Meanwhile positive results continue for paper, with exports reaching 702,000 tons sold during the period; this represents growth of 1.9% compared to the same period of 2016, when 689,000 tons were traded.
Check out the other performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 36th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.
Export volume - In the first four months of 2017, the volume of pulp exports reached 4.34 million tons. This is an increase of 1.6% over the same period in 2016, when 4.28 million tons were exported. The paper sector recorded exports of 702,000 tons (+1.9%) and wood panels reached 376,000 cubic meters (+39.8%).
Export revenue - From January to April 2017 the sector recorded exports of US$ 2.6 billion, 1.7% lower than this figure for the same period in 2016; pulp reached US$ 1.87 billion (-2.2%), paper registered US$ 601 million (-3.2%), and wood panels US$ 86 million (+24.6%). As a result, the balance of trade in the sector registered a positive balance of US$ 2.24 billion during the first four months of the year (-0.5% compared to 2016).
Export destinations - More than 44% of the pulp Brazil exported went to China, representing income of US$ 829 million and a 26.6% increase over the first four months of 2017 and 2016. Latin American countries were the main markets for paper and wood panels in this period, with exports to this region totaling US$ 382 million (+10.4%) and US$ 48 million (+26.3%), respectively.
Production - Brazilian pulp production surpassed 6.3 million tons, growing 5.1% between January and April of 2017 in comparison with 2016, and paper registered 3.4 million tons (-1.7%).
Domestic sales - During the first four months of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 1.69 million tons, a drop of 2.9% compared with the same period last year, while the wooden panel sector registered sales of 2.09 million m³ (-0.8%).
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. Launched in April 2014, it represents 60 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors. Learn more at www.iba.org .