Brazilian pulp production on the rise in January

Created: 01 March 2015

In the first month of 2015, Brazilian pulp production reached 1.5 million tons, a 12.3% increase compared to January of 2014, when 1.3 million tons were produced. Paper production remained practically stable in the first month of the year, totaling 875,000 tons compared to 880,000 tons year-over-year. In the wood panels segment, production in January totaled 648,000 m³, a 4% drop year-over-year.

Please see below additional performance indicators for the planted tree industry, in the ninth edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.

Exports – In January 2015, pulp exports totaled 919,000 tons, 4.1% lower than in January of 2014, when 958,000 tons were exported. For the wood panels segment, total exports in the first month of 2015 totaled 36,000 m³, up 38.5% year-over-year, when exports reached 26,000 m³. Paper exports totaled 154,000 tons in January, down 7.8% year-over-year.

Domestic Sales – Pulp sales in the domestic market in January 2015 remained practically stable year-over-year, totaling 145,000 tons. In the wood panels segment, domestic market sales reached 569,000 m³, 2.9% lower year-over-year. Paper sales totaled 439,000 tons, 4.6% lower than in the same period in 2014.

Export revenues – In the first month of 2015, export revenues from pulp, wood panels and paper totaled US$ 589 million, which represents a 15.4% drop year-over-year, compared to US$ 696 million. The trade balance for the industry in January is US$ 452 million, 16.6% lower compared to the same period in 2014. Pulp sales to China, which is the second largest market for this Brazilian product, totaled US$ 162 million, 6.4% lower year-over-year.

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