Charcoal Market - Somalia and Indonesia in the Vanguard of the Global Charcoal Trade

Silviculture And Forestry Activities September 15, 2015
Author: Olga Minchina
Account Manager

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Charcoal is the result of burning or carbonizing wood. It is not only widely used as fuel for fireplaces, barbecues and heaters, but is also an essential product in some industrial sectors, such as steelmaking. Moreover, when charcoal is mixed into soil, it significantly improves the growth and quality of household plants.

Today, generally speaking, wood continues to play a key role in the global energy matrix. However, factors such as the local level of development, forest availability and competition with other sources of energy are the major determinants of the extensiveness of charcoal use in different countries around the world.

Naturally, the use of charcoal is more practiced in developing nations, where it is of vital importance as a source of primary energy both for domestic and industrial applications. In families and communities of such countries, charcoal is often used for numerous purposes, such as for cooking, drying and production of electricity. In Brazil, for instance, charcoal production has been historically interwoven with many spheres of life, wood being the fundamental source of energy. Especially dependent on charcoal is the Brazilian steelmaking industry.

Developed countries also use charcoal, though lesser and varying degrees. Economic growth commonly encourages these countries to shift toward the use of commercial fuels, such as oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels to decrease their dependence on biomass.

In 2014, China (11.0%), Germany (8.9%), Japan (6.4%), Thailand (5.7%) and the United Kingdom (4.9%) were the leading destinations of  imports on the charcoal market, together making up 37.0% of global imports in physical terms. While the share of China increased significantly, the share of Japan illustrated negative dynamics.

Somalia and Indonesia were the main global suppliers of wood charcoal in 2014 with a combined share of 24.6% of global exports. The fastest growing suppliers from 2007 to 2014 were Mexico (+15.2% per year) and Somalia (+14.6% per year). Despite being the largest global producers of wood charcoal, Brazil, Nigeria and Ethiopia did not export much of their production, meaning that it was either domestically consumed, or put in storage.

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