The Brazilian planted tree industry ended the first half of 2014 with a positive result in its leading performance indicators. Highlight goes to the high volume of pulp, wood panels and paper production and exports from January through June this year, year-over-year. Exports revenues also increased compared to the same semester last year. And yet, a decline in the volume of imported wood panels and paper was recorded. Please see below the main results for the industry, in the second edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry.

Exports – From January through June 2014, 5.1 million tons of pulp where exported, a 12.8% increase year-over-year, where 4.5 million tons were exported. In the wood panels segment, the exported volume had a high of 21.8%, totaling 251,000 m³. In relation to paper, exports achieved 950,000 tons from January through June 2014, a 1.9% variation year-over-year.

Export revenues for the sector also ended the first half with positive results, totaling US$ 3.7 billion, meaning a 4.1% increase in collection compared to US$ 3.5 billion in the same period last year. Pulp sales to China, which is the second largest market for this Brazilian product, totaled US$ 796 million, a 8.9% increase.

Production - YTD pulp production was approximately 7.8 million tons, a 5.4% high compared to the same period in 2013, which was 7.4 million tons. Wood panels production totaled 3.8 million m³, with a positive variation of 0.9% year-over-year. In relation to the paper segment, production from January through June totaled 5.2 million tons, a 0.2% variation compared to the same period in 2013.

Imports - There was a drop in the volume of wood panels that arrived in the country. A total of 453,000 m3, 40.1% lower compared to volume imported in the same period in 2013, i.e. 756,000 m3.

A drop of 4.8% was also recorded in paper imports in the first six months this year. In total, 618,000 tons were imported, while in the same period of 2013, a total of 649,000 tons were imported. Printing & writing paper alone, accounts for a 9.5% drop.