The Brazilian High-end Furniture Manufacturers Association (ABIMAD) the expectation is that furniture exports in 2016 will expand nearly 6% over 2015 levels, given the recovery in the housing market in the United States, together with positive signs from Europe  Also exports of pulp, wood panels and paper increased between January and November 2015. Pulp exports totaled 10.5 million tons, an increase of 9% over the same period in 2014. The Brazilian wood panel sector exported 564,000 cubic metres in the January to November period in 2015 a 44% growth over the same period in the previous year.

According to 'ITTO, in the first eleven months of 2015, revenue from exports of pulp, wood panels and paper totaled US$7.1 billion, a 5.3% growth over the same period of 2014. The trade balance of the pulp, wood panel and paper sector from January to November 2015 was US$5.9 billion, an increase of 16.4% compared to the same period in 2014.

Meanwhile, last November, the Brazilian government has officially confirmed that deforestation in the Amazon is pacing sharply higher than a year ago. Figures released by the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) shows that forest clearing detected by the satellite system DETER (a short term deforestation monitoring system based on coarse satellite imagery) is 63 percent higher for the twelve months ended January 31, 2015 relative to the year earlier period.
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