The forestry sector can become one of the main engines that drives the development of the country, its potential is based on the enormous resources of the Peruvian territory (61% is made up of Amazon tropical forest), which must be valued responsibly and sustainably, said the management of Services and Extractive Industries of the Association of Exporters (ADEX).
However, last year the export of goods derived from wood barely represented 0.7% of total non-traditional shipments, making it necessary to implement measures to promote this industry, as well as other actions that enhance its competitiveness.
Precisely, ADEX, PromPerú and WWF within the framework of their project Alliance for Wildlife and Forests with funding from the European Union, will organize this Thursday, October 14, the forum ‘Wood products and finishes for sustainability construction’, where a business roundtable will be held, whose objective is to bring the national offer closer to specialized international buyers.
The event will address topics such as ‘Sustainability in the construction finishing industry’, ‘Knowing the legal timber route of Peru’, ‘Wood Market: opportunities and trends’ and ‘Potential of the Peruvian forestry sector: species and uses’.
It should be noted that in order to value this activity, the Executive Board for the Development of the Forestry Sector, in which ADEX actively participates, also deals with issues such as the implementation of the Operations Books of the enabling titles, the capitalization models of companies in the Loreto region, the problem of permits to change the use of private land for plantations and their insecurity in the face of attacks and invasions, among others.
Between January and August 2021, Peruvian wood shipments reached US$ 77 million 002 thousand, a figure that indicates a growth of 39.8% compared to the same period the previous year (US$ 50 million 046 thousand), however, it still does not reach the amount achieved in 2019 (US$ 80 million 050 thousand).
The most demanded by foreign buyers were semi-manufactured products (US$ 47 million 484 thousand), highlighting molded woods, slabs and friezes for unassembled parquet and other longitudinally profiled woods other than conifers, slabs and parquet friezes.
Also exported sawn wood (US$ 18 million 839 thousand), construction products (US$ 4 million 496 thousand), furniture and parts thereof (US$ 2 million 710 thousand), veneered and plywood (US$ 1 million 674 thousand), manufactured products (US$ 834 thousand 541), sheets, veneers and sheets (US$ 653 thousand 398), among others.
The top destination was China, with a share of 31.1%, followed by France (17%) and the US. (11.8%). Mexico, Dominican Republic, Denmark, Belgium, Vietnam, New Zealand and Ecuador round out the top ten.
You can participate in the forum ‘ Wood products and finishes for sustainability construction’ at the following link: bit.ly/foro14102021