In the first quarter of 2023, Brazilian pulp production increased by 2.6%, to 6.1 million tons, compared to the same period of the previous year, according to the Boletim Cenários Ibá, from the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).
“The cultivated tree sector continues its purpose of providing environmentally friendly alternatives for Brazil and the world. The advance in pulp production is an example of this commitment. From the raw material are originated several bioproducts, from the best known, such as paper packaging, books, diapers, wipes and toilet paper, to items present in everyday life through clothes, medicines, food, cosmetics, among others. This has everything to do with the current demands of the foreign market and how the Brazilian tree sector successfully meets them,” explained Ambassador José Carlos da Fonseca Junior, Ibá’s executive director.
Revenues from the pulp sector in Brazil totaled US$ 2.9 billion between January and March of this year, an increase of 17.3% – a result that favored the trade balance of the sector – totaling US$ 2.6 billion, 16.5 % more compared to the same period of the previous year.
In the analyzed period, China continued to be the main destination for pulp exports produced in Brazil, reaching US$ 962.9 million traded in the first quarter of the year, a growth of 38.2% compared to the same period of 2022. As for paper, Latin America continues to be Brazil’s main buyer and totaled US$ 395 million in negotiations for the product.
Following the same growth in pulp production, paper manufacturing reached 2.7 million tons in the period. The production of paper for packaging reached 1.5 million tons and for sanitary purposes 349 thousand tons, an increase of 5.8%. Paper sales totaled 1.3 million tons.
Pulp exports between January and March totaled 4.7 million tons, an increase of 12.9%. The paper totaled 489 thousand tons traded with other countries between January and March.