The sector exported US$10.7bn, an increase of 26% compared to 2017. There was a rise in exports of pulp (32%), wood panels (7%) and paper (8%).

Wood based panel exports rose 4% in 2018, with some 1.3 million m3 being exported. The main market for wood based panels in 2018 was Europe which saw a rise of 160% year-on-year.