In the first half of 2023, Brazilian pulp exports surged by 8.2 percent totaling USD 4.1 billion driven by China and North America. Pulp production reached 12 million tons, paper manufacturing 5.3 million tons, with 25.4 percent higher exports to China worth USD 1.8 billion.
Aug 22, 2023
Pulp exports from Brazil increased by 8.2 percent, totaling USD 4.1 billion for the first half of 2023, with sales mostly driven to China and North America (the United States and Canada), as reported by the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá). In the first half of 2023, Brazilian pulp production reached 12 million tons, paper manufacturing reached 5.3 million tons in the period, the production of paper for packaging was 2.9 million tons, and for sanitary purposes 701 thousand tons (an increase of 4.6 percent).
There was a 25.4 percent increase in the balance resulting from pulp exports to China positioning the country as the main destination for the exports amounting to USD 1.8 billion during the first half of 2023. Ibá also reported that the value of paper exports to North America increased by 20.8 percent, reaching USD 130.8 million between January and June. With regard to paper, Latin America continues to be Brazil’s main buyer and totaled USD 824 million in sales for the product. In the initial half of 2023, paper sales in Brazil were 2.6 million tons with wood panels totaling 3.4 million m3. A growth of 1.5 percent was seen in pulp exports between January and June totaling 9.1 million tons. 1.1 million tons of paper was traded with other countries in the first half of 2023 with the export of wooden panels reaching 499,000 m3.
José Carlos da Fonseca Jr., Executive Director of Ibá said “The cultivated tree sector has established itself as a prime supplier to the largest economies on the planet. This privileged position is directly associated with the offer of bioproducts by the sector that are renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable, such as cellulose, paper, wood panels, biomass, and those related to new uses, as is the case of textile fibers manufactured from soluble cellulose.”