Brazilian exports of wood-based products increased 27 per cent in value in February 2018 compared to February 2017, from US$192.3 million to US$244 million.
The value of pine sawnwood exports rose almost 26 per cent from US$30.8 million to US$38.7 million over the same period. In terms of volume, exports increased 21 per cent over the same period from 152,700cbm to 185,600cbm.
On the other hand tropical sawnwood exports declined slightly from 31,100cbm in February 2017 to 31,200cbm in February 2018. However, export values rose around four per cent to US$14.3 million.
Pine plywood exports increased (56%) to US$36.7 million. The increase in the volumes of pine plywood were more modest at 27 per cent, from 138,100cbm to 175,200cbm.
Tropical plywood export volumes and value increased from 9,800cbm (US$3.6 million) to 12,700cbm (US$5.2 million).
Exports of wooden furniture rose from US$32.8 million to US$38.7 million, an 18 per cent increase.
Monthly data released by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) also showed increments in all types of furniture exports.
Compared to February 2017, furniture export increased by 17 per cent to US$51.6 million compared to US$44.1 million.
The positive result is mainly due to the expansion of sales to the United States, which jumped 27 per cent in the first two months of this year and to the UK (up 24%).
The top three importers (US, UK and Argentina) increased their share of the total volume from 47 per cent in the first two months of 2017 to 49 per cent this year.