Global paper packaging industry disrupted by changes in China

25 June 2018

According to a new Rabobank report, the implementation of China’s new recovered paper (“RCP”) import restrictions will be tough for US and EU RCP exporters and provide opportunities for India and South-East Asia. Containerboard and boxboard producers outside of China are currently benefiting from lower recycled fibre prices. In China, these producers are facing a growing challenge of rising prices across the chain.
The import restrictions have fast-tracked since 2017. The potential effect of these policies on the global paper packaging supply chain is high, as China has historically been the world’s largest importer of RCP; importing 28mln tonnes in 2016 (News Item Rabobank, 14 June 2018).
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