Major NBSK pulp producer said to be announcing a US$20/tonne price reduction for the U.S., to US$870/tonne, for January shipments

LOS ANGELES , January 5, 2012 () – A major northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp producer is said to be planning a US$20 per tonne price decrease for the U.S., to $870/tonne, for January shipments.

This would be the first NBSK move for North America in January.

NBSK producers reduced December pricing in North America by $30/tonne.

Several NBSK producers have announced price increases for Europe for January, to $850/tonne. The RISI Inc. price in Europe for December was $825/tonne, down $35/tonne.

Some North American buyers have been complaining about the widening price gap between the two regions. An $870/tonne price in North America would close the gap to $20/tonne.

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