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

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

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.

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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