Brazil’s wood based product exports decline 19%

1 July 2019

In April 2019, the Brazilian exports of wood based products declined 19% in value compared to April 2018, from US$286.6m to US$232.9m, reports the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).

The value of April 2019 pine sawnwood exports dropped 10.5% compared to April 2018, from US$48.8m to US$43.7m. In terms of volume, exports fell 9% over the same period.

The negative trend in exports continued with plywood. Pine plywood exports fell 41% in value in April 2019 in comparison with April 2018, from US$68.3m to US$40m. However price for plywood held up better as export earnings dropped only 27% over the same period, from 198,500m3 to 145,000m3.

Tropical plywood exports are now very small and in April there was a drop in the value and volume of exports from 13,900m3 (US$6.1m) in April 2018 to 7,500m3 (US$2.8m) in April 2019.