SAO PAULO , Sept. 6, 2013 (RISI) -
Brazilian pulp exports surged by 38.2% to 920,000 tonnes in August over the same month of 2012, according to data from Brazil's Development, Industry and Trade Ministry (MDIC). At an average FOB price of $547.4/tonne, 7.3% higher than August of last year, pulp export revenues totaled $503.6 million, a 48.3% growth over the same period of 2012. August pulp prices, however, decreased by 1.5% from July. Nearly 100% of Brazilian pulp exports are bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK), although some companies in the countries also produce bleached softwood kraft (BSK) pulp.
Data released by the Brazilian pulp and paper assn (Bracelpa) shows that pulp production in July increased by 6.9% to 1.25 million tonnes over the same month of 2012. Domestic sales also rose in the period by 2.2% to 138,000 tonnes. Pulp imports, on the other hand, fell by 5.1% to 37,000 tonnes, as well as apparent consumption, which decreased by 3.5% to 501,000 tonnes from the previously recorded 519,000 tonnes in July 2012.
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