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Brazil: Exports from the forest sector surpass US$4 billion in the first half of 2017 (+7.3%)

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2017 06 06 090206From January to June of 2017, pulp exports rose 6.8% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 6.8 million tons; exports of wood panels increased by 34.8%, with 597,000 cubic meters directed to foreign markets, and paper exports grew 1% with almost 1.1 million tons 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% 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%.

Check out the other indicators for the planted tree sector in the 38th edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.

Export revenues – From January to June of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 3.0 billion (+9.8%), while paper exports were US$ 925 million (-2.0%) and wood panel exports reached US$ 137 million (+25.7%).

Export destinations – More than 42% 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% 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%) and US$ 75 million (+27.1%), respectively.

Production – Brazilian pulp production surpassed 9.5 million tons, growing 5.0% between January and April of 2017 in comparison with 2016, and paper registered 5.1 million tons (-0.7%).

Domestic sales – During the first semester of 2017, paper sales on the domestic market reached 2.6 million tons, a drop of 1.6% 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%).


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

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