Brazilian wood product exports increased by 28.8% in January

In January 2018, Brazilian exports of wood products (except pulp and paper) increased 28.8% in value compared to January 2017, from $183.7 million to $236.6 million, ITTO reported.

The value of pine sawnwood exports increased 23% between January 2017 ($33.6 million) and January 2018 ($41.2 million). In terms of volume, exports increased 18% over the same period, from 168,300 cubic metres to 198,900 cubic metres.

In contrast to Brazilian wood products, tropical sawnwood exports fell around 12% in volume, from 32,800 cubic metres in January 2017 to 29,000 cubic metres in January 2018. But unit prices were higher such that export values fell less than 1% over the same period.

Pine plywood export values increased a startling 55% in January 2018 in comparison with a year earlier from $34.8 million to $54 million. The volume of plywood exports increased but by only 27% over the same period, from 133,000 cubic metres to 169,400 cubic metres.

As for tropical plywood, exports increased in both volume and value, from 10,600 cubic metres ($3.9 million) in January 2017 to 12,300 cubic metres ($ 5.1 million) in January 2018.

The good news on exports continued with for wooden furniture where export values rose from $26.6 million in January 2017 to $32 million in January 2018, a 20% rise.