China's January-May imports of pulp and paper flat overall from year-ago period, though some grades were up and some were down; imports of newsprint and wastepaper declined, but pulp imports grew, with some grades up sharply: China Customs

BEIJING , July 17, 2014 () – Reported by China Green Times:

Data from China Customs showed, Jan- May 2014 import of pulp and paper product was flat from before and it showed downward trend in import volume compared with same period last year while unit import price inched up, so was the case with import price.

Jan- May 2014, China imported 18.533 million mts of pulp, waste paper and paperboard in total, dipping 2.38% year on year. Among which, import of newsprint trended down. Import of other grades saw increase to different degree. What is eye catching is waste paper. In first 5 months of 2014, China imported 11.829 million mts of waste paper, slipping 6.51% year on year. Overall, in first 5months, Chinese demand for pulp, waste paper and paperboard was in a balance. Import volume of waste paper was almost flat from the past.

Import volume of other grades seeing growth trend was as follows: import of chemical- mechanical pulp saw quickest growth to 880,000 mts, jumping 24.75% year on year. Import of mechanical pulp was 1267.2 mts, jumping 10.98% year on year. Import of sulfite pulp was 10428.3 mts, jumping 41.32% year on year. Import of other fiber pulp grades was 29363.4 mts, up 7.66% year on year. Import of caustic pulp was 5.764 million mts, edging up 3.14% year on year.

Import value of pulp, waste paper and paperboard was US$ 7.07 billion from Jan-May, inching up 3.05% year on year. Import volume of most of the grades picked up, notably sulfite pulp and mechanical pulp, which saw quickest growth. Import value of sulfite pulp was US$ 7.212 million, jumping 47.51% year on year. Import value of mechanical pulp was US$ 850 million, jumping 18.27%. Import value of caustic pulp was US$ 3.82 billion, inching up 7.99% year on year. The import value of other fiber pulp grades was US$ 23.566 million, up 6.92% year on year.

Import price of waste paper and newsprint showed a downward trend. Import price of waste paper totaled US$ 2.36 billion, dipping 8.45% year on year. Import price of newsprint totaled US$ 10.819 million, slumping 63.68% year on year.

Jan- May, average unit import price of pulp and paper products was US$ 382.66/tonne, up 5.56% year on year. In the first five months, unit import price of mechanical pulp showed an upturn to US$ 639.2/tone, jumping 13.33%. Unit import price of caustic pulp edged up to US$ 662.93/tonne, jumping 4.7%. Unit import price of sulfite pulp was US$ 691.58/tonne, up 4.38%. Unit import price of newsprint was US$ 607.44/tonne, up 4.33%. Unit import price of other type of pulp trended down. For instance, unit import price of chemical pulp was US$ 967.42/tonne, dipping 5.2%. Unit import price of waste paper was US$ 200.85/tonne, dipping 2.08%. For other type of fiber pulp, unit import price was US$ 802.56/tonne, dipping 0.69% year on year.

In one word, import volume of pulp, waste paper and paperboard from Jan- May was flat with slight changes. The stable import showed a positive aspect, which was attributed to government economic adjustment policy and measure that took effects. Most obvious is the slow recovery f domestic demand for pulp and paper products. It is expected in this contest that it is a positive picture for import of pulp, waste paper and paperboard within the year.

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