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

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

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

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.

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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"

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

In 2016, approx. 811K tonnes of sulphite wood pulp were imported worldwide- going down by -1.8% against the previous year figure. Overall, sulphite wood pulp imports continue to indicate a abrupt decline. The most prominent rate of growth was recorded in 2010, an increase of -0.3% y-o-y. Global sulphite wood pulp import peaked of 1.3M tonnes in 2007- however, from 2008 to 2016, it stood at a somewhat lower level.

In value terms, sulphite wood pulp imports amounted to $474M in 2016. In general, sulphite wood pulp imports continue to indicate a abrupt shrinkage. Over the period under review, global sulphite wood pulp imports reached its maximum level of $968M in 2008- however, from 2009 to 2016, it failed to regain its strength.

Top Sulphite Wood Pulp Importing Countries in the World

1. USA (103.2 million USD)

2. Germany (82.3 million USD)

3. Jordan (31.1 million USD)

4. South Africa (28.9 million USD)

5. France (27.1 million USD)

6. Indonesia (25.3 million USD)

7. China (15.9 million USD)

8. Austria (14.6 million USD)

9. Italy (14.4 million USD)

10. Canada (5.7 million USD)

11. New Zealand (0.2 million USD)

12. Chile (0.0 million USD)

Sulphite Wood Pulp Imports By Country

In 2016, the U.S. (226K tonnes) represented the largest importer for sulphite wood pulp, generating 28% of total imports. It was distantly followed by Germany (81K tonnes), Jordan (55K tonnes), South Africa (51K tonnes), New Zealand (41K tonnes), France (38K tonnes), and Indonesia (37K tonnes), together creating 37% share of total sulphite wood pulp imports. The following importers - China (27K tonnes), Canada (26K tonnes), Chile (25K tonnes), Austria (19K tonnes), and Italy (18K tonnes) together made up 14% of total imports.

Imports into the U.S. increased at an average annual rate of +1.1% from 2007 to 2016. At the same time, Jordan (+14.8%), New Zealand (+10.6%), Chile (+4.0%), Indonesia (+2.7%), and Canada (+2.5%) displayed positive paces of growth. Moreover, Jordan emerged as the fastest growing importer/exporter in the world, with a CAGR of +14.8% from 2007-2016. France, and South Africa experienced a relatively flat trend pattern. By contrast, Austria (-1.6%), China (-5.3%), Germany (-9.0%), and Italy (-18.9%) illustrated a downward trend over the same period. Germany (13%), Italy (12%), and China (2%) significantly strengthened its position in terms of the global imports, while the U.S., New Zealand, and Jordan saw its share reduced by -2.5%, -3.0%, and -4.8% from 2007 to 2016, respectively. The shares of the other countries remained relatively stable throughout the analyzed period.

In value terms, the largest sulphite wood pulp markets worldwide were the U.S. ($103M), Germany ($82M) and Jordan ($31M), with a combined 46% share of global imports.

Jordan (+11.4% per year) recorded the highest growth rate of sulphite wood pulp imports, in terms of the main importing countries, over the last 9 year period, while the other global leaders experienced mixed trends in the imports figures.

Sulphite Wood Pulp Import Prices By Country

In 2016, the average import price for sulphite wood pulp amounted to $585 per tonne, growing by 5% against the previous year. Overall, sulphite wood pulp import price continues to indicate a moderate reduction. The pace of growth appeared the most rapid in 2010, when import price increased by 30% from the previous year level. Global sulphite wood pulp import peaked of $821 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 Germany ($1,020 per tonne), while Chile ($0 per kg) was among the lowest.

From 2007 to 2016, the most notable growth rate of sulphite wood pulp import prices was attained by Germany (+3.2% per year), while the other global leaders experienced more modest paces of growth.

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

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

All data provided in this article covers the following product: HS Code 4704 - Chemical wood pulp, sulphite, other than dissolving grades.

Source: World: Chemical Wood Pulp (Sulphite, Other Than Dissolving Grades) - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2025