Worldwide, newsprint exports by country totaled US$5.4 billion in 2018. That dollar amount reflects a -23% drop for all newsprint shippers over the five-year period starting in 2014. Year over year, the value of exported newsprint increased by 13.1% from 2017 to 2018.
Among continents, Europe sold the highest dollar worth of exported newsprint during 2018 with shipments valued at $2.9 billion or more than half (53.7%) of the global total. In second place were North American exporters at 34.3% while 8.5% of worldwide newsprint shipments originated from Asia. Smaller percentages came from Oceania (1.8%) mostly Australia, Latin America (1.1%) excluding Mexico but including the Caribbean, then Africa (0.6%).
For research purposes, the 4-digit Harmonized Tariff System code prefix is 4801 for newsprint in rolls or sheets.
Top Newsprint Exports by Country
Below are the 15 countries that exported the highest dollar value worth of newsprint during 2018.
- Canada: US$1.8 billion (32.2% of total newsprint exports)
- Russia: $653.6 million (12%)
- Sweden: $444.6 million (8.2%)
- France: $366.6 million (6.8%)
- South Korea: $288.1 million (5.3%)
- Germany: $266.3 million (4.9%)
- Belgium: $240.3 million (4.4%)
- Finland: $187.2 million (3.4%)
- United Kingdom: $169.6 million (3.1%)
- Switzerland: $158.6 million (2.9%)
- Austria: $157.2 million (2.9%)
- United States: $114.1 million (2.1%)
- Spain: $110.1 million (2%)
- Australia: $97 million (1.8%)
- Slovenia: $82.9 million (1.5%)
By value, the listed countries shipped 93.7% of globally exported newsprint in 2018.
Four among the top exporters expanded their international sales of newsprint since 2014 namely: Australia (up 170.4%), Finland (up 15%), Russia (up 4.9%) and Belgium (up 2.6%).
Those countries that posted declines in their exported newsprint sales were led by: United States (down -65.8%), Spain (down -50.8%), Germany (down -41.8%), Switzerland (down -39.8%) and South Korea (down -33.7%).
The following countries posted the highest positive net exports for newsprint during 2018. 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.
- Canada: US$1.7 billion (net export surplus down -24.8% since 2014)
- Russia: $653.1 million (up 5.3%)
- Sweden: $412.4 million (down -22.9%)
- South Korea: $288.1 million (down -33.7%)
- France: $208.4 million (up 11.4%)
- Finland: $166.8 million (up 28.8%)
- Belgium: $143.6 million (up 38.4%)
- Switzerland: $112.6 million (down -48.1%)
- Austria: $103.8 million (down -10.2%)
- Australia: $85.8 million (reversing a -$7 million deficit)
- Slovenia: $70.8 million (down -16.3%)
- Indonesia: $62.7 million (down -35%)
- Chile: $36.3 million (up 21.5%)
- Belarus: $11.8 million (up 57.6%)
- Spain: $3.8 million (down -95.6%)
Canada earned 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.
The following countries posted the highest negative net exports for newsprint during 2018. 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.
- India: -US$900.9 million (net export deficit up 8.1% since 2014)
- United States: -$842.6 million (down -20%)
- Italy: -$306.6 million (down -23.8%)
- China: -$285.9 million (reversing a $32.5 million surplus)
- Netherlands: -$213.8 million (up 59.9%)
- Germany: -$174.5 million (up 7.4%)
- Turkey: -$110.8 million (down -54.4%)
- United Kingdom: -$108.3 million (down -4.5%)
- Poland: -$101.5 million (up 22.6%)
- Hong Kong: -$93.2 million (down -30.3%)
- Mexico: -$84.9 million (down -31.8%)
- Egypt: -$69.1 million (down -15.4%)
- Taiwan: -$62.5 million (down -48.6%)
- Pakistan: -$51.1 million (down -16.6%)
- Czech Republic: -$45.6 million (down -33.9%)
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.
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
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