Which Country Imports the Most Paper Sacks and Bags in the World?

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

Global paper bag imports stood at 16M tonnes in 2016, surging by 4% against the previous year figure. The total import volume increased at an average annual rate of +2.3% over the period from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained consistent, with somewhat noticeable fluctuations being observed in certain years. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when imports increased by 11% from the previous year level. Global paper bag import peaked in 2016, and are expected to retain its growth in the immediate term.

In value terms, paper bag imports amounted to $20B in 2016. The total import value increased at an average annual rate of +2.2% from 2007 to 2016; the trend pattern remained relatively stable, with only minor fluctuations over the period under review. Over the period under review, global paper bag imports reached its maximum level of $22B in 2014; however, from 2015 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Paper Bag Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (2,553.2 million USD)

2. France (1,655.0 million USD)

3. Germany (1,373.9 million USD)

4. Mexico (1,076.7 million USD)

5. Netherlands (989.9 million USD)

6. United Kingdom (963.7 million USD)

7. Canada (828.9 million USD)

8. Belgium (755.5 million USD)

9. Poland (424.8 million USD)

10. Italy (404.6 million USD)

11. Spain (375.6 million USD)

12. China (163.3 million USD)

Paper Bag Imports By Country

In 2016, Germany (1.4M tonnes), China (1.2M tonnes), Italy (1.1M tonnes), the Netherlands (1M tonnes), the U.S. (1M tonnes), Mexico (929K tonnes), and France (781K tonnes) were the major importers of paper bag in the world, comprising 48% of total import. The following importers - Poland (468K tonnes), Spain (453K tonnes), Belgium (449K tonnes), Canada (426K tonnes), and the UK (424K tonnes) held approx. 14% of total imports, each.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of paper bag imports, among the main importing countries, was attained by the Netherlands (+8.9% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

In value terms, the largest paper bag markets worldwide were the U.S. ($2.6B), France ($1.7B) and Germany ($1.4B), together comprising 27% of global imports.Mexico, the Netherlands, the UK, Canada, Belgium, Poland, Italy, Spain and China lagged somewhat behind, together comprising a further 29%.

The Netherlands (+3.4% per year) experienced the highest growth rate of paper bag imports, among the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

Paper Bag Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for paper bag amounted to $1,303 per tonne, descending by -4.0% against the previous year. Overall, paper bag import price continues to indicate a relatively flat trend pattern. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2011, when it surged by 12% year-to-year. Global paper bag import peaked of $1,527 per tonne in 2013; however, from 2014 to 2016, it 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 U.S. ($2,481 per tonne), while China ($134 per tonne) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of paper bag import prices was attained by the U.S. (+2.9% 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 4819 - Cartons, boxes, cases, bags and the like, of paper, paperboard, cellulose wadding or fibres; box files, letter trays and the like, of paper or paperboard, of a kind used in offices, shops or the like.

Source: World: Sacks And Bags Of Paper - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025