Brazilian pulp production falls 3.7% in 1H19; exports in June alone drop 16.8%

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Brazilian pulp production falls 3.7% in 1H19; exports in June alone drop 16.8%

August 23, 2019 - 06:03
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The Brazilian Tree Industry Association (Ibá) released statistics showing that the country’s pulp output in the first half of 2019 totaled 9.9 million tonnes, 3.7% lower than the same period a year ago.

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.