Which Country Produces the Most Wood Charcoal?

Wood Charcoal Production (kt), 2018
Paper, Pulp & Forestry | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 149 countries in 2018, Brazil ranked the highest in wood charcoal production with 6,397,000 kt followed by Nigeria and Ethiopia. On the other end of the scale was Mauritius with 3.00 kt, Switzerland with 114 kt and Iran with 292 kt.

Total wood charcoal production reached 53,228,438 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 3.07 % more than in the previous year and 11.8 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total wood charcoal production reached an all time high of 53,228,438 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 16,450,500 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.08 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, Brazil, accounted for 12.0 % of wood charcoal production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 29.1 % share while the ten largest countries some 56.0 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Wood Charcoal Production indicator page.

Wood Charcoal Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Brazil kt 6,258,000 6,590,000 7,240,000 6,183,000 5,502,000
China kt 1,691,421 1,682,257 1,673,142 1,664,077 1,650,518
Dem. Republic of the Congo kt 2,167,561 2,242,532 2,320,095 2,400,342 2,475,018
Egypt kt 1,384,711 1,397,378 1,410,160 1,423,059 1,433,938
Ethiopia kt 3,921,296 4,018,302 4,117,708 4,219,572 4,316,694
Ghana kt 1,712,851 1,771,080 1,829,309 1,887,538 1,944,250
India kt 2,880,000 2,880,000 2,880,000 2,880,000 2,880,000
Kenya kt 1,006,148 1,006,148 1,080,117 1,119,116 1,157,021
Madagascar kt 1,186,806 1,560,024 1,560,024 1,560,024 1,560,024
Nigeria kt 4,107,172 4,193,352 4,281,341 4,371,175 4,444,581
Somalia kt 1,187,164 1,187,164 1,187,164 1,181,457 1,224,642
Tanzania kt 1,709,324 1,761,922 1,816,139 1,872,024 1,924,687
Thailand kt 1,394,588 1,412,417 1,430,475 1,448,764 1,465,688
Uganda kt 931,466 1,000,000 1,037,412 1,065,731 1,091,717
Zambia kt 1,296,000 1,296,000 1,296,000 1,296,000 1,296,000