USDA: Wood pellet exports reach nearly 425,000 tons in April

By Erin Voegele | June 18, 2019

The U.S. exported 424,680.5 tons of wood pellets in April, according to data released by the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service on June 6. Exports volumes were down from both the prior month and the same period of the previous year.

USDA data shows the U.S. exported 424,680.5 tons of wood pellets in April, down from 610,554.3 tons exported in March and 518,022.5 tons exported in April 2018.

Total wood pellet exports for the first four months of 2019 reached 1.92 million tons, up from the 1.74 million tons of wood pellets exported during the same period of 2018.

The U.S. exported wood pellets to more than a dozen countries in April. The U.K. was the top destination for wood pellets during the month with 352,404.5 tons, followed by Belgium-Luxembourg with 56,671.3 tons, the French West Indies with 11,000.8 tons, the Netherlands with 1,869.6 tons and Italy with 1,486.4 tons. The U.S. exported only 18.1 tons of wood pellets to Japan in April.

The USDA’s data shows the total value for April wood pellet exports reached $60.27 million, down from $85.19 million in March and $82.64 million in April 2018.

Additional data is available on the USDA FAS website