Latin American Plantation Forests: Outlook for Timber Supply and Markets

A comprehensive analysis of Latin American timber markets and availability of plantation forest resources by country


Included in the study:

Timber Supply Details

  • Forest ownership database of 300 entries, detailing how much planted forest each company owns across 21 countries
  • Plantation development in each country, trends in planted area and species most commonly planted including eucalyptus, pine, teak, poplar and other species
  • Availability of financial incentives for plantation development
  • Area of FSC and PEFC certified forest by country
  • Analysis of tree farm ownership structure and the key players: domestic vs. foreign companies and institutional investors vs. forest industry companies
  • Identification of which countries have attracted the most foreign investment in developing tree farms and which will offer the best prospects for future investment
  • Historical data on timber harvest, and forecast of plantation forest timber harvest in key countries
  • Ratings on economic and political international benchmarks for all 21 countries

Timber Demand

  • Forest products output and trends in timber consumption by sector
  • Analysis of forest products trade flows, including historical data (5-12 years, depending on country) and target markets (domestic vs. export) for plantation timber products
  • Trends in timber production from planted forests and outlook for future supply/demand trends by country
  • Key countries with plantation development potential for biomass energy
  • Issues of concern for timberland investors by country

With most of the timberland in Australia and New Zealand already owned by foreign investors, Latin America is clearly the next major region that investors will target. Brazil and Uruguay have attracted 70-75% of all the investment in Latin America by foreign institutional investors. However, rapidly escalating land prices in both countries have given investors the incentive to broaden their exploration of timberland investment opportunities to other countries in the region.

Forest-Related Transaction Prices in Uruguay

Latin American Plantation Forests: Outlook for Timber Supply and Markets provides a comprehensive analysis of current raw material supply being grown on plantations and identifies which countries will be likely to attract the best prospects for future investments. This study includes data for nearly 300 plantation forest ownerships by company, in 21 countries. The study provides details on the plantation forest resources and harvest by species and country.

Latin America: Number of Forest Ownerships Greater Than 10,000 ha in Size, 2013

Brazil has by far the greatest number of possible opportunities to acquire sizable plantation ownerships in Latin America

Chile: Availability of Radiata Pine Logs, 2011-2025

There will be only limited increases in availability of radiata pine supply in Chile

Brazil Pine Sawlog Stumpage Prices

Exchange rates play an important role in determining returns for timberland investors

Commercial Forestry Plantation Development in Colombia

Colombia’s area of commercial forestry plantations has expanded quickly, but the country’s demand for forest products has been increasing even faster

Peru: Wood Products Trade, 2001-2013E

Peru’s trade surplus in wood products trade has quickly turned to a deficit, as the country’s economy has grown

Table of Contents

I. Latin America Regional Overview

II. Brazil

  • Planted forest resource base
  • Species focus
  • Harvest trends
  • Industrial production and timber consumption
  • International trade in forest products
  • Major plantation forest owners
  • Issues of concern for timberland investors

The countries below will follow the same format as for Brazil in II. above

III. Southern Cone

  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay

IV. Andes

  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Peru
  • Bolivia

V. Northern South America

  • Venezuela
  • Guyana
  • Suriname
  • French Guiana

VI. Central America

  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama

VII. Mexico

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