Which Country Exports the Most Chemical Wood Pulp in the World?

Pulp, Paper and Paperboard May 28, 2018
Author: Sergey Avramenko
Head of Global Markets Research Team

In 2016, the global chemical wood pulp exports amounted to 54M tonnes, moving up by 12% against the previous year figure. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +4.7% over the period from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of 20% against the previous year level. Over the period under review, global chemical wood pulp exports attained its maximum volume in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, chemical wood pulp exports totaled $27B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +1.6% from 2007 to 2016; however, the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Over the period under review, global chemical wood pulp exports attained its maximum level of $30B in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Chemical Wood Pulp Exporting Countries in the World

1. Brazil (5.2 billion USD)

2. USA (4.2 billion USD)

3. Canada (4.0 billion USD)

4. Chile (2.4 billion USD)

5. Finland (1.7 billion USD)

6. Sweden (1.6 billion USD)

7. Indonesia (1.6 billion USD)

8. Uruguay (1.3 billion USD)

Chemical Wood Pulp Exports By Country

In 2016, Brazil (13M tonnes), distantly followed by Canada (7.1M tonnes), the U.S. (6.9M tonnes), Chile (4.7M tonnes), Indonesia (3.5M tonnes), Finland (3.1M tonnes), Sweden (2.6M tonnes), and Uruguay (2.4M tonnes) represented the major exporters of chemical wood pulp, together committing 81% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of chemical wood pulp exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Chile (+120.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest chemical wood pulp markets worldwide were Brazil ($5.2B), the U.S. ($4.2B) and Canada ($4B), together comprising 49% of global exports.Chile, Finland, Sweden, Indonesia and Uruguay lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 31%.

Uruguay (+85.1% per year) experienced the highest rates of growth with regard to the chemical wood pulp exports, among the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Chemical Wood Pulp Export Prices By Country

In 2016, the average export price for chemical wood pulp amounted to $511 per tonne, declining by -11.3% against the previous year. Overall, chemical wood pulp export price continues to indicate a pronounced decrease. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when it surged by 12% from the previous year level. Global chemical wood pulp export peaked of $696 per tonne in 2008; however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average export prices amongst major exporting countries. In 2016, the country with the highest export prices was the U.S. ($609 per tonne), while Brazil ($404 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of chemical wood pulp export prices was attained by Indonesia (+0.6% per year), while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the export price figures.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 4703 - Chemical wood pulp, soda or sulphate, other than dissolving grades.

Source: World: Chemical Wood Pulp (Soda And Sulphate, Other Than Dissolving Grades) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025