In late 2011, Brazil and Chile sent the first chip vessels to pulp mills in China in over five years. In the past, Japan had been the major destination for Latin American Eucalyptus chips and is likely to continue to be the major destination.
Global trade of wood chips has gone up substantially the past two years. Export from Chile, Uruguay and Brazil was up 43% in 2011 compared to 2009. A clear majority of the increase was Eucalyptus chips destined for pulp mills in Japan and Europe.