In April 2017, Brazilian exports of wood products (except pulp and paper) increased 16% in value compared to April 2016, from $190.5 million to $221 million, as ITTO reported.
The value of pine sawnwood exports increased 37% between April 2016 ($28 million) and April 2017 ($38.3 million). In volume terms, exports increased 25% over the same period, from 149,800 cubic metres to 187,700 cubic metres.
However, tropical sawnwood exports dropped just over 11% from 35,000 cubic metres in April 2016 to 31,000 cubic metres in April 2017. The value of exports also declined by the same percentage from $16 million to $14.2 million, over the same period.
Pine plywood exports increased almost 22% in value in April 2017 compared to April 2016, from $33.4 million to $40.6 million. It was encouraging to see that the corresponding increase in export volumes was 13% over the same period, from 129,800 cubic metres to 146,800 cubic metres.
There was positive news on tropical plywood exports which increased significantly in volume and in value, from 12,600 cubic metres ($4.8 million) in April 2016 to 13,900 cubic metres ($5.4 million) in April 2017.