Statistics on Timber Sector in Costa Rica

In 2016, 965 thousand cubic meters of roundwood were processed, 77% of which came from forest plantations, 17% from land and agriculture use, and 5% from forests.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

From the summary of the National Forest Office (ONF) report :

As part of the results of this report, the primary wood processing industry, including stationary and portable units, is estimated to have processed 965,602 cubic meters of roundwood (m3-r). Of this volume, 745,267 m3-r (77.2%) came from forest plantations, 171,017 m3-r from land for agricultural use (17.7%) and 49,318 m3-r from forests (5.1%). Based on the above information, an increase of 0.9% is confirmed compared to the volume of logs reported in 2015.  

The wood processed in forest industries is mainly used for the following: packaging 46.7%, construction 25.1%, furniture 9.0%, raw and sawed exports 18.9% and 0.3% in others uses (manufacture of boards, bodyworks, etc.). 

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