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

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

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

IndexBox has just published a new report "World: Corrugated Paper And Paperboard - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025". Here is a summary of the report's key findings.

Global corrugated paper imports totaled 2.9M tonnes in 2016, surging by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +1.7% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2010, when import increased by 9% year-to-year. Global corrugated paper import peaked in 2016, and are likely to see steady growth in the near future.

In value terms, corrugated paper imports amounted to $1.8B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +1.6% from 2007 to 2016- the trend pattern indicated some noticeable fluctuations throughout the analyzed period. Global corrugated paper import peaked of $1.9B in 2014- however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Corrugated Paper Importing Countries in the World

1. Mexico (323.8 million USD)

2. Canada (143.1 million USD)

3. Netherlands (97.0 million USD)

4. Belgium (81.3 million USD)

5. Germany (72.4 million USD)

6. Austria (70.0 million USD)

7. France (65.9 million USD)

8. Czech Republic (61.3 million USD)

9. USA (45.9 million USD)

10. Poland (38.4 million USD)

11. Saudi Arabia (20.2 million USD)

12. Ireland (13.5 million USD)

Corrugated Paper Imports By Country

The U.S. (388K tonnes), Mexico (348K tonnes), and Germany (277K tonnes) represented roughly 35% of total imports of corrugated paper in 2016. Canada (140K tonnes) took a 5% share (based on tonnes) of global corrugated paper imports, which put it in second place, following France (5%). Poland (100K tonnes), Ireland (84K tonnes), Belgium (79K tonnes), Czech Republic (76K tonnes), the Netherlands (75K tonnes), Saudi Arabia (75K tonnes), and Austria (69K tonnes) followed a long way behind this figure.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of corrugated paper imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by Mexico (+10.0% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, Mexico ($324M) constitutes the largest market for imported corrugated paper worldwide, making up 18% of global imports. The second position in the ranking was occupied by Canada ($143M), with the share of 8% of global imports. It was followed by the Netherlands, with the share of 6%.

In Mexico, corrugated paper imports expanded at an average annual rate of +6.1% over the period from 2007-2016. The remaining importing countries recorded the following average annual rates: Canada (+7.3% per year) and the Netherlands (+1.2% per year).

Corrugated Paper Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for corrugated paper amounted to $605 per tonne, approximately reflecting the previous year level. Overall, corrugated paper import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The growth pace was the most rapid in 2011, when import price increased by 11% year-to-year. In that year, average corrugated paper import price attained its maximum level of $681 per tonne. From 2012 to 2016, growth of average corrugated paper import price failed to regain its strength.

There were significant differences in the average import prices amongst major importing countries. In 2016, the country with the highest import prices was the Netherlands ($1,286 per tonne), while the U.S. ($118 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of corrugated paper import prices was attained by Czech Republic (+9.3% per year), while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the import price figures.

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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