Wood Products

The forest industry in Chile is an important contributor to the national economy, accounting for more than 10 percent of all Chilean exports. According to the National Forest Institute’s latest statistical report (INFOR 2000), principal forest product exports are chemical wood pulp from forestry plantations (39 percent of exports), sawnwood (8.8 percent), and wood chips (3.8 percent). These latter products come from a mix of native forests and forestry plantations. The following tables present key forest-sector economic indicators, including the value and destination of exports.

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Figures for export value are presented in millions of $US FOB (free-on-board), i.e., not including insurance or freight costs. These figures reflect the importance of the forest sector in the national economy. As illustrated in Tables 4 and 5, 10 percent of all of Chile’s exports are forest products. In 1999 and 2000, more than 60 percent of these exports went to seven countries, with the United States and Japan as leading importers.

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