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

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

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

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Chemical Wood Pulp (Dissolving Grades) ; Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

Global dissolving grade imports totaled 4.5M tonnes in 2016, remaining stable against the previous year figure. In general, dissolving grade imports continue to indicate a prominent increase. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2010, when import increased by 17% against the previous year level. Global dissolving grade import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, dissolving grade imports totaled $4.3B in 2016. In general, dissolving grade imports continue to indicate a prominent growth. Over the period under review, global dissolving grade imports reached its maximum level of $4.8B in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Dissolving Grade Importing Countries in the World

1. China (2,109.2 million USD)

2. India (454.1 million USD)

3. Indonesia (422.7 million USD)

4. Germany (381.7 million USD)

5. Japan (170.5 million USD)

6. USA (153.1 million USD)

7. Thailand (134.6 million USD)

Dissolving Grade Imports By Country

China (2.2M tonnes) was the major importing country with an import of about 2.2M tonnes, which reached 49% of total imports. India (508K tonnes) held the second position in the ranking, followed by Indonesia (487K tonnes), and Germany (420K tonnes). All these countries together took near 31% share of total imports. Thailand (149K tonnes), the U.S. (134K tonnes), and Japan (108K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

Imports into China increased at an average annual rate of +17.5% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, India (+19.7%), Indonesia (+15.0%), Thailand (+3.8%), Japan (+3.4%), Germany (+2.8%), and the U.S. (+1.4%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, India emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +19.7% from 2007;2016. Germany (;2.0%), Indonesia (;7.7%), India (;9.0%), and China (;37.8%) significantly weakened its position in terms of the global imports, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($2.1B) constitutes the largest market for imported dissolving grade worldwide, making up 49% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by India ($454M), with the share of 11% of global imports. It was followed by Indonesia, with the share of 10%.

In China, dissolving grade imports expanded at an average annual rate of +16.4% over the period from 2007;2016. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: India (+19.8% per year) and Indonesia (+14.7% per year).

Dissolving Grade Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for dissolving grade amounted to $946 per tonne, remaining stable against the previous year level. In general, dissolving grade import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when import price increased by 34% year;to;year. Global dissolving grade import peaked of $1,536 per tonne in 2011; however, from 2012 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Import prices varied noticeably by country of destination. the country with the highest import prices was Japan ($1,574 per tonne), while Indonesia ($869 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of dissolving grade import prices was attained by Japan (+2.8% 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 4702 ; Chemical wood pulp, dissolving grades.

Source: World: Chemical Wood Pulp (Dissolving Grades) ; Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025"

"IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Chemical Wood Pulp (Soda And Sulphate, Other Than Dissolving Grades) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

In 2016, approx. 52M tonnes of chemical wood pulp were imported worldwide- growing by 6% against the previous year level. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +3.2% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained consistent, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The pace of growth was the most pronounced in 2011, when it surged by 7% year-to-year. Over the period under review, global chemical wood pulp imports reached its maximum volume in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the near future.

In value terms, chemical wood pulp imports amounted to $29B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +1.4% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations over the period under review. Global chemical wood pulp import peaked of $33B in 2011- however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

Top Chemical Wood Pulp Importing Countries in the World

1. China (9.4 billion USD)

2. USA (2.7 billion USD)

3. Germany (2.4 billion USD)

4. Italy (1.8 billion USD)

5. South Korea (1.0 billion USD)

6. France (1.0 billion USD)

7. Japan (0.9 billion USD)

8. Netherlands (0.7 billion USD)

9. Turkey (0.7 billion USD)

10. Spain (0.6 billion USD)

11. Poland (0.5 billion USD)

12. Singapore (0.3 billion USD)

Chemical Wood Pulp Imports By Country

China (17M tonnes) represented the major importing country with an import of about 17M tonnes, which reached 33% of total imports. The U.S. (5.1M tonnes) ranks second globally in chemical wood pulp imports with a 10% share, following Germany (8%), and Italy (6%). South Korea (1.9M tonnes), France (1.8M tonnes), Japan (1.4M tonnes), the Netherlands (1.2M tonnes), Turkey (1.1M tonnes), Spain (1.1M tonnes), Singapore (978K tonnes), and Poland (928K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, average annual rates of growth with regard to chemical wood pulp imports into China stood at +10.8%. At the same time, Singapore (+62.5%), Turkey (+8.2%), Poland (+7.8%), and Spain (+5.3%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Singapore emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +62.5% from 2007-2016. France, the Netherlands, Italy, and the U.S. experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Germany (-1.0%), Japan (-1.8%), and South Korea (-2.1%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. Singapore (-1.9%), and China (-19.7%) significantly weakened its position in terms of the global imports, while the shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, China ($9.4B) constitutes the largest market for imported chemical wood pulp worldwide, making up 32% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by the U.S. ($2.7B), with the share of 9% of global imports. It was followed by Germany, with the share of 8%.

In China, chemical wood pulp imports stood at an average annual rate of +8.8% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: the U.S. (-2.5% per year) and Germany (-2.5% per year).

Chemical Wood Pulp Import Prices By Country

The average chemical wood pulp import price stood at $557 per tonne in 2016, reducing by -12.1% against the previous year. In general, chemical wood pulp import price continues to indicate a mild shrinkage. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of 43% against the previous year level. Global chemical wood pulp import peaked of $760 per tonne in 2011- however, from 2012 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was Japan ($631 per tonne), while Singapore ($340 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of chemical wood pulp import prices was attained by Japan (-0.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced a decline in the import price figures.

Do you want to know more about global chemical wood pulp market? Get the latest trends and insight from our report. It includes a wide range of statistics on

  • chemical wood pulp market share
  • chemical wood pulp prices
  • chemical wood pulp industry
  • chemical wood pulp sales
  • chemical wood pulp import
  • chemical wood pulp export
  • chemical wood pulp market forecast
  • chemical wood pulp price forecast
  • key chemical wood pulp producers

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