Top Newsprint Exports by Country

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Newsprint exports by country totaled US$4.8 billion in 2017, down by -36.2% for all newsprint shippers over the five-year period starting in 2013. Year over year, the value of exported newsprint dipped -5.6% from 2016 to 2017.

Among continents, European countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of exported newsprint during 2017 with shipments valued at $2.6 billion or 54.2% of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 35.2% while 7.6% of worldwide newsprint shipments originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from Oceania (1.8%) mostly Australia, Latin America (0.8%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Africa (0.5%).

The 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 4801 for newsprint in rolls or sheets.

Top Newsprint Exports by Country

Top 20

Below are the 20 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of newsprint during 2017.

  1. Canada: US$1.5 billion (32% of total newsprint exports)
  2. Russia: $468.2 million (9.8%)
  3. Sweden: $372.6 million (7.8%)
  4. Germany: $338 million (7.1%)
  5. France: $292.5 million (6.1%)
  6. South Korea: $267.1 million (5.6%)
  7. Switzerland: $210.7 million (4.4%)
  8. Belgium: $205.3 million (4.3%)
  9. Finland: $163.1 million (3.4%)
  10. United Kingdom: $158.6 million (3.3%)
  11. United States: $149.9 million (3.1%)
  12. Spain: $142.3 million (3%)
  13. Austria: $131.3 million (2.8%)
  14. Australia: $87.8 million (1.8%)
  15. Slovenia: $60.6 million (1.3%)
  16. Chile: $28.7 million (0.6%)
  17. Thailand: $27.5 million (0.6%)
  18. Malaysia: $23.3 million (0.5%)
  19. South Africa: $20.6 million (0.4%)
  20. Netherlands: $17.5 million (0.4%)

The listed countries shipped 98.1% of globally exported newsprint in 2017 by value.

Among these top 20 newsprint exporters, three countries expanded their international sales since 2013: Thailand (up 135.8%), Australia (up 43%) and Malaysia (up 4.7%).

Those countries that posted declines in their exported newsprint sales were led by: Netherlands (down -80.7%), United States (down -67.5%), Chile (down -55.5%), Sweden (down -51.3%) and South Korea (down -42.5%).

Advantages

The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for newsprint during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the surplus between the value of each country’s exported newsprint and its import purchases for that same commodity.

  1. Canada: US$1.5 billion (net export surplus down -33.4% since 2013)
  2. Russia: $466.7 million (down -18.3%)
  3. Sweden: $340.2 million (down -53.7%)
  4. South Korea: $267 million (down -42.5%)
  5. Switzerland: $191.5 million (down -14.1%)
  6. France: $144.4 million (down -43.4%)
  7. Finland: $141.2 million (up 14.2%)
  8. Belgium: $102.7 million (down -24.9%)
  9. Austria: $85.9 million (down -19%)
  10. Australia: $65.3 million (up 372.7%)
  11. Slovenia: $51.5 million (down -34.5%)
  12. Spain: $34.8 million (down -63.6%)
  13. Chile: $24.3 million (down -60.1%)
  14. South Africa: $14.7 million (down -41%)
  15. Belarus: $7.9 million (up 9.1%)

Canada has the highest surplus in the international trade of newsprint. Albeit waning, this positive cashflow confirms Canada’s strong competitive advantage for this specific product category.

Opportunities

The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for newsprint during 2017. Investopedia defines net exports as the value of a country’s total exports minus the value of its total imports. Thus, the statistics below present the deficit between the value of each country’s imported newsprint purchases and its exports for that same commodity.

  1. India: -US$840 million (net export deficit down -5.2% since 2013)
  2. United States: -$813.3 million (down -9.4%)
  3. Italy: -$288.6 million (down -28.2%)
  4. Netherlands: -$160.5 million (up 2.3%)
  5. China: -$160.3 million (up 1,714%)
  6. United Kingdom: -$113.7 million (up 30.6%)
  7. Turkey: -$111.9 million (down -59.2%)
  8. Germany: -$105.9 million (down -51.9%)
  9. Mexico: -$97.9 million (down -23%)
  10. Poland: -$82.8 million (up 15.9%)
  11. Hong Kong: -$75.5 million (down -51.4%)
  12. Pakistan: -$61 million (up 16.4%)
  13. Taiwan: -$59.9 million (down -57.1%)
  14. Egypt: -$53.2 million (down -24.7%)
  15. Czech Republic: -$45.6 million (down -25.6%)

India incurred the highest deficit in the international trade of newsprint. In turn, this negative cashflow highlights India’s competitive disadvantage for this specific product category but also signals opportunities for newsprint-supplying countries that help satisfy the powerful demand.

Companies

Newsprint Exporting Companies

Below are global newsprint-processing conglomerates that represent established players engaged in the international trade of pulp and paper including newsprint. The home country for each business is shown within parenthesis.

  • Arjo Wiggins (France)
  • Domtar (Canada)
  • OAO Kondopoga (Russia)
  • Svenska Cellulosa AB (Sweden)
  • Wepa Hygieneprodukte GmbH (Germany)

According to global trading platform Alibaba, the following suppliers are also examples of newsprint-trading exporters. Again, the geographic location home to each headquarters is shown within parentheses.

  • Guangzhou Bmpaper Co, Ltd (China)
  • Richer Paper Co, Ltd (Hong Kong)
  • Sly Trading Ltd (United Kingdom)
  • Star Hoku LLC (United States)
  • Wan Ti Enterprise Co, Ltd (Taiwan)


 

See also Paper Exports by Country, Paper Imports by Country and Sawn Wood Exports by Country

Research Sources:
Alibaba, Supplier showroom for newsprint paper. Accessed on November 5, 2018

Investopedia, Net Exports Definition. Accessed on November 5, 2018

The World Factbook, Field Listing: Exports – Commodities, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on November 5, 2018

Trade Map, International Trade Centre. Accessed on November 5, 2018

Wikipedia, Category:Pulp and paper companies by country. Accessed on November 5, 2018

Wikipedia, Newsprint. Accessed on November 5, 2018