USDA: Wood pellet exports up in May

By Erin Voegele | July 08, 2019

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service released updated export data July 3, reporting wood pellet exports reached 553,882.9 tons in May, up from 415,836.2 tons during the same month of the previous year and up from 424,680.5 tons in April.

The U.S. exported wood pellets to more than a dozen countries in May. The U.K. was the top destination for U.S. wood pellets, with exports reaching 498,512.3 tons, followed by Belgium-Luxembourg with 47,247.8 tons and the Netherlands with 4,094.5 tons.

According to the USDA, the value of U.S. wood pellets exports reached $86.25 million in May, up from $54.14 million in May 2018 and $60.27 million in April.

Pellet exports reached 2.48 million tons at a value of $345.355 million during the first five months of 2019, compared to exports of 2.16 million at a value of $297.51 million during the same period of last year.