Pulp Market - U.S. Pulp Exports Decreased due to a Slowdown in Demand on the Foreign Markets

Pulp, Paper and Paperboard July 13, 2016
Author: Irina Andreeva
Market Analyst

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The U.S. ranks second globally in exports on the pulp market with a 16% share (based on USD), following Canada (18%).

A significant drop in 2009 was followed by rocketing growth over the next two years, until exports downturned and continued declining until the end of the analyzed period. Finally, U.S. exports decreased to 5,735 million USD in 2015, which was 2% under the previous year's value.

In 2015, China (26%) was the main destination of U.S. pulp exports. It was followed by Mexico and Japan (9% each). Despite the fact that U.S. export structure has not changed since its peak in 2011, the volume of exports to key countries has decreased considerably compared to that year. Exports to China decreased by 13%, while Mexico and Japan saw a 19% and 9% reduction, respectively.

From 2007 to 2015, the U.S. was a net exporter of pulp. Net U.S. exports exhibited strong fluctuations over the period under review. Despite the gradual reduction in exports, net exports showed accelerating growth in the last 2 years. Finally, this industry ran a significant trade surplus of 2,381 million USD in 2015.

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