Weaker Far East exports and regular domestic demand ease pressure on volumes and prices for ordinary recovered paper grades in France.
Prices for ordinary recovered paper grades in France started to recede in May. This is true for mixed paper and board (1.02), supermarket paper and board (1.04) and old corrugated containers (OCC; 1.05). Nonetheless, the price level remains high and there can be no talk of prices collapsing.
Market players told EUWID that the situation had settled down after turmoil seen in March, in particular. Demand from domestic buyers and from neighbouring countries, above all Germany and Spain, was good and lively, but panic buying was a thing of the past, though, with buyers having enough recovered paper on stock again.
Weak exports to the Far East also played a major role in May's price cuts. Material that could not be sold in Asia stayed in France so ordinary recovered paper grades became more readily available.
This article is a part of EUWID Pulp and Paper's latest report on the recovered paper market in France.
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