Brazil’s wood-based product exports up 19% in March


Brazilian exports of wood-based products (except pulp and paper) in March increased 19 per cent in value compared to the same period a year before, from $226.6 million to $270.4 million, the ITTO reported.

The value of pine sawnwood exports increased 13 per cent between March 2017 ($39.2 million) and March 2018 ($44.3 million) while in terms of volume there was an almost nine per cent increase from 193,400 cubic metres to 210,600 cubic metres.

Tropical sawnwood exports also increased in March rising 10 per cent from 34,600 cubic metres in March 2017 to 38,100 cubic metres in March 2018. The value of March tropical sawnwood exports increased 14 per cent from $15.3 million to $17.5 million year-on-year. There was a sharp rise in the value of year-on-year pine plywood exports in March (+49%) in value in March.

Exports increased from US$43 million to $64 million year-on-year. The 22 per cent increase in the volume of pine plywood exports underlines the steady rise in prices. Exports increased from 159,300 cubic metres to 194,600 cubic metres year-on-year. Brazil’s tropical plywood, exports are modest but in March export volumes and values rose; from 13,900 cubic metres ($5.4 million) in March 2017 to 16,600 cubic metres ($7.1 million) in March 2018.

The country recorded a furniture export value of $44 million in March this year, an almost six per cent increase YoY.