Which Country Exports the Most Corrugated Paper and Paperboard in the World?

Corrugated Paper and Paperboard May 28, 2018
Author: Anna Sergeeva
Market Analyst

Global corrugated paper exports totaled 1.7M tonnes in 2016, picking up by 3% against the previous year figure. The total export volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.4% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations being observed over the period under review. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2013, when it surged by 9% y-o-y. Global corrugated paper export peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, corrugated paper exports totaled $1.7B in 2016. The total export value increased at an average annual rate of +1.8% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global corrugated paper export peaked of $1.8B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Corrugated Paper Exporting Countries in the World

1. USA (458.3 million USD)

2. Germany (270.8 million USD)

3. France (134.9 million USD)

4. China (104.6 million USD)

5. United Kingdom (73.4 million USD)

6. Czech Republic (67.7 million USD)

7. Italy (57.9 million USD)

8. Poland (53.8 million USD)

9. Saudi Arabia (28.5 million USD)

10. Russia (19.2 million USD)

11. Ireland (12.0 million USD)

12. Denmark (10.7 million USD)

Corrugated Paper Exports By Country

The U.S. (388K tonnes), and Germany (277K tonnes) represented roughly 40% of total exports of corrugated paper in 2016. France (110K tonnes) ranks second globally in corrugated paper exports with a 7% share, following Ireland (5%), and Czech Republic (5%). The following exporters - Poland (75K tonnes), China (53K tonnes), Saudi Arabia (42K tonnes), Italy (40K tonnes), the UK (37K tonnes), Denmark (33K tonnes), and Russia (31K tonnes) together made up 19% of total exports.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of corrugated paper exports, among the main exporting countries, was attained by Russia (+30.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the U.S. ($458M), Germany ($271M) and France ($135M) appeared as the countries with the highest levels of exports in 2016, with a combined 50% share of global exports.China, the UK, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Ireland and Denmark lagged somewhat behind, together accounting for a further 25%.

Russia (+25.8% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of corrugated paper exports, in terms of the main exporting countries, over the last 9 years, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Corrugated Paper Export Prices By Country

The average corrugated paper export price stood at $1,029 per tonne in 2016, remaining relatively unchanged against the previous year level. Overall, corrugated paper export price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, an increase of 13% year-to-year. In that year, average corrugated paper export price reached its maximum level of $1,169 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average corrugated paper export price stood at a somewhat lower level.

Export prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest export prices was the UK ($1,972 per tonne), while Ireland ($144 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of corrugated paper export prices was attained by China (+14.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 4808 - Paper and paperboard, corrugated (with or without glued flat surface sheets), creped, crinkled, embossed or perforated, in rolls or sheets other than paper of the kind described in heading 4803.

Source: World: Corrugated Paper And Paperboard - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025