The Association of Indonesian Forest Concession Holders (APHI) has reported that forestry sector exports were at a record RP$193.8 trillion (US$13.5 billion) in 2021.
The chairman of APHI, Indroyono Soesilo, said changes in international market demand due to the adjustments to home-working and a focus on renovation were mainly responsible for the export growth.
Based on data from the Indonesian Forestry Society Communication Forum (FKMPI), timber production from plantation forests in 2021 reached 46.43 million m3, an increase of 1.2% on an annual basis.
Meanwhile, wood production from natural forests rose 14.4% on an annual basis to 6.013 million m3. Last year forestry sector exports increased by 31% on an annual basis from US$11.07bn in 2020 to $14.48bn.
The wood chip industry experienced the highest growth of over 90% from $50.45 million to $96.24m. The largest contributor to the export growth was the wood panel industry which earned $3.97bn, up 83% on an annual basis. Second was the paper and pulp industry with the exports of $3.72bn and $3.19bn.