Peruvian imports of composite boards in the first half of 2017 remained stable at $37.07 million, an increase of 0.7% compared to the first half of 2016. The surprise was the fall of first half shipments from the main supplier, Ecuador (-17%), as ITTO reported.
Ecuador, despite the fall, remained the main supplier of particleboard (PB) to the Peruvian market, with shipments worth $14.17 million in the first half of this year. Imports of PB from Chile, the second ranked supplier rose slightly (0.7%) to $12.88 million. Spain was also a significant supplier in the first half at $5.14 million and this was some 23% higher than in the same period in 2016.
In the first half of 2017 shipments from Brazil grew the fastest and topped $4.78 million, just over double the $2.38 million shipped in the first half of 2016.