Paper imports continued to trend down in February

Printing & Communication paper annual imports declined for the fifth successive month in February. Imports totalled 20,979 tonnes in February 2020, down 19% on the prior month and 36% lower than in February 2019. January imports had spiked, against the trend decline, with most major grades seeing increases, only to see imports stumble back to the trend of the last half year.

However, importers expect significant declines to be recorded in March, with some grades reportedly experiencing 80% end-user consumption declines.

Aust. Printing & Communication Paper Imports: Mar ‘17 – Feb ‘20 (ktpa & %)

Source: ABS

Grade

YE Feb ’19

YE Feb ’20

% Change

Uncoated Mechanical (UCM)

146,567

118,186

-19.4

Coated Mechanical (CM)

45,533

38,025

-16.5

Uncoated Woodfree (UCWF)

69,782

81,866

17.3

A4 White Copy Paper

23,777

36,660

54.2

Coated Woodfree (CWF)

45,226

39,242

-13.2

Total

330,885

313,978

-5.1

 

This is an edited extract of an item that first appeared in Pulp & Paper Edge in mid-April 2020 (Edition 175)

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