Like all industries, the paper industry, which is already experiencing supply difficulties and shortages, is feeling the brunt of the Ukraine conflict. Bernard Lombard, Trade & Industrial Policy Director of Cepi (pictured here), gave Pap'Argus an overview of the situation in Europe, which was published in the French version of Pap’Argus last month, along with an analysis from Paul-Antoine Lacour, Copacel’s General Delegate, specifically tailored to the French market. Finland (20%), Germany (15%) and Poland (13%) account for about half of the EU‘s paper and board exports to Ukraine, with around 212,000 tonnes of products. They are closely followed by Hungary (10%), Austria (9%) and Sweden (8%). Germany and Sweden account for 55% of EU pulp exports to Ukraine. Finland is by far the largest paper and board exporter to Russia, contributing 54% of all EU exports to Russia. Germany (16%), Poland (6%) and Sweden (6%) also export paper and paperboard to Russia, but at much lower volumes. As for pulp, almost 70% of EU exports to Russia come from Finland (45%) and Sweden (25%). To date, the EU-Ukraine trade in pulp and paper is almost one-way, with approximately 440,000 tonnes of paper and paperboard imported from the EU. Ukraine’s exports are very limited. Belarus is similar, importing even less volumes, 60,000 tonnes of paper and board from the EU. As far as Russia is concerned, that is another story. About 900,000 tonnes of paper and board are imported by Russia from the EU, while Russia exports nearly 700,000 tonnes to the EU. Italy (23%), Germany (19%) and Poland (8%) account for 50% of Russian exports to the EU. About two-thirds are packing grades, with boxes accounting for 43% of all exports. As far as pulp is concerned, EU-Russia trade is fairly balanced with around 400,000 tonnes traded in total.
Published on 31/03/2022