The U.S. Is the Global Leader in Exports of Unbleached Sulphite Pulp

Silviculture And Forestry Activities November 09, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

The U.S. dominates in the global unbleached sulphite pulp trade. In 2014, the U.S. exported 15.9 thousand tonnes of unbleached sulphite pulp totaling 5.5 million USD, 2% under the previous year. Its primary trading partner was Canada, where it supplied 38.8% of its total unbleached sulphite pulp exports in value terms, accounting for 99.6% of Canada's total imports.

Overall, the global trade of unbleached sulphite pulp dropped to 16 million USD, with a CAGR of -8.2% from 2007 to 2014. In physical terms, it showed a decline, falling from 64 thousand tonnes in 2007 to 61 thousand tonnes in 2014.

In 2014, China (13.9%), Thailand (13.0%), Belgium (11.9%), the Philippines (11.5%) and Indonesia (7.1%) were the leading destinations of unbleached sulphite pulp imports, together making up 57.4% of global imports. The share of Thailand increased significantly (+8 percentage points), while the share of Indonesia illustrated negative dynamics (-11 percentage points).

The U.S. and Belgium were among the other main global suppliers of unbleached sulphite pulp in 2014 with a combined share of 62.9% of global exports. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Belgium (+24.0% per year) and Italy (+19.8% per year). Belgium significantly strengthened its position in the global export structure, from 4% in 2007 to 29% in 2014.

Source: World: Unbleached Sulphite Pulp - Market Report. Analysis And Forecast To 2020