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

Australia’s hardwood log exports rose 35% in 2018

Australia’s log exports lifted 34.6% in 2018, totalling 793,130 m3. After supply-chain challenges, the month of December saw exports lift to almost 86,000 m3, very close to the monthly average of the last year. Exports of hardwood logs are strategically different from softwood logs. They are not about ‘right-sizing’ the… Read More

Woodchip exports up 8.6% in 2018

Despite being 8.6% higher than in 2017, Australia’s total woodchip exports were softening by late 2018, totalling 7.354 million bone dried metric tonnes (bdmt). Year-end exports peaked in November 2018 at 7.455 million bdmt, just more than 100,000 bdmt higher than the December 2018 result. Hardwood chip exports totalled a… Read More

Waste paper exports lower, but stabilising

Australia’s exports of OCC recovered paper (Old Corrugated Containers) plunged 21.0% in 2018, falling to 710.2 kt compared with 2017. The fall in exports of 188.6 kt is directly attributed to the much-discussed Chinese restrictions on imports of lower quality recovered material. As recent news out of Victoria reminds us,… Read More

A4 imports slumped to a record low in December

Imports of A4 White Copy Paper slumped to their lowest recorded monthly volume in December 2018, plummeting to just 879 tonnes. On an annualized basis, imports continue to plunge, collapsing to 28,790 tonnes for the 2018 calendar year. The chart below shows the incredible change in fortunes for A4 White… Read More

2018 printing paper trade deficit below $500 million

Australia’s balance of trade in printing and communication grade papers fell to AUD488.3 million in 2018, ending below AUD500 million for the first time in at least two decades. The deficit declined 2.6% on 2017’s previous low. The value of imports was also down 2.3% over the year, totalling AUD578.9… Read More

Structural softwood consumption under spotlight – NEW ANALYSIS

Sawn structural softwood consumption in Australia was more than 30% higher in October 2018, than in October 2017, new analysis by IndustryEdge shows. At 210,186 m3 in October 2018, apparent consumption of structural grades was at its second highest ever monthly level, bested only by August 2018’s 237,774 m3. The… Read More

Sustainable paper industry continues performance: latest report

Australia’s pulp and paper industry continued its sustainability performance over the last year, a new report demonstrates. The 2018 National Pulp & Paper Industry Sustainability Report provides summary analysis of major sustainability measures, and is consistent with similar reports from other countries. From reductions in energy use sufficient to power… Read More

Woodchip export prices surged in September

Australia’s woodchip exports were valued at AUD1.377 billion on a free-on-board basis over the year-ended September 2018. Almost 91% of the value was delivered by the massive hardwood chip export trade. In September, hardwood chip exports averaged AUDFob207.70/bdmt (bone dried metric tonnes). In US dollar terms, hardwood chips averaged USDFob150.00/bdmt,… Read More

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