China to the rescue! Has real growth returned? ~ Economics Briefing

Always a little suspect, China’s economic growth was reported at 6.4%, year-on-year in the March quarter of 2019. Growth was above expectations and was driven by a solid increase in industrial output, as well as domestic consumption, feeding into renewed hope that the driver of global economic growth has turned… Read More

Stink Bug Pain Spreads to 32 Countries for 2019-20: Update

Stink Bug infestation has spread rapidly 32 countries now on Australia’s target list for 2019-20 season 280,000+ tonnes of pulp, paper, paperboard and printed material impacted Treatment costs between AUD12/t and AUD48/t Rapid expansion of the infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Europe and North America has… Read More

Stink Bug Pain Spreads to 32 Countries for 2019-20

Rapid expansion of the infestation of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) in Europe and North America has plagued global trade over the 2018-19 risk season, as many importers of wood and paper products have experienced. In response, Australian authorities have announced the 2019-20 BMSB risk season will see 32… Read More

Paper prices to hold or rise in 2019

 Sheeted paper prices set to hold Chemical pulp prices still at near record levels Fibre prices continue to rise Shipping costs will increase as Stink bug costs mount   Prices of the main printing and communication paper grades are set to remain at current levels or rise throughout 2019. Under… Read More

Printed imports close to $1 billion in 2018

Printed material imports were valued at AUD968.6 million in 2018 Local printers missing work as ‘Other printed matter’ continues to assert itself Printed book import value slips 1.7% to AUD470 million At almost one billion dollars in 2018, Australia’s imports of printed material have proved to be very resilient over… Read More

Hardwood chip export price tops AUD230 per tonne

Monthly Woodchip Export Market Briefing: Australia’s average hardwood chip export price to China hit an all-time peak of AUDFob230.64 per bone dried metric tonne (bdmt) in January 2019. That price is a substantial 24.8% higher than in January 2018, underscoring the additional value being placed on fibre of all types… Read More

Recycled paper price nonsense: Analyst Insight

Incorrect export declarations falsely dragging average prices down In the course of our regular close examination of international trade data, it has become apparent that there are serious anomalies in official customs export declarations for recycled paper and paperboard.  These misreported declarations are having the effect of falsely dragging down… Read More

Trade war worries loom over supplies to China

Recent news that Australian coal shipments to the northern Chinese port of Dalien have been halted, brought home concerns that the escalating trade war could finally impact Australia. Though it is by no means certain the immediate curtailment of Australian shipments is directly linked to trade disputation, some of the… Read More

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