Brazilian pulp exports – mainly bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp were 1.3% higher in the period, amounting 7.8 million tonnes.
In value, Brazilian exports in six months were 3.1% higher at $4.4 billion, with positive figures from Asia/Oceania, excluding China, which improved 23% to $455 million and North America, with a 24.7% increase to $773 million. Sales to China increased 8.2% year-over-year, to $1.9 billion. Exports to Europe dropped 13.4%, totaling $1.2 million.
In June alone, Brazilian pulp exports plunged 16.8% to 1.2 million tonnes, while production was 14% lower at 1.6 million tonnes. The country’s apparent consumption in June decreased 4.8% to 454,000 tonnes.