Demand for ordinary recovered paper grades in China started to crumble.
Prices are still on the increase on France’s recovered paper market. In the wake of renewed mark-ups for ordinary grades, sizeable price hikes have now also materialised for deinking grades. Other grades have followed a general upward movement in prices and have become more expensive. The first signs of the situation settling down are on the horizon, though, at least for ordinary grades.
Price increases were prompted by continued brisk activity on export markets. In a continuation of the market trend in recent months, demand from Asia was reportedly strong in March, too. Prices rose once again, even though transport costs also edged higher. Exporters reported that shippers had elevated freight prices again and have already announced additional hikes for April.
Quite a few EUWID sources believe that April will likely bring a turnaround in exports to the Far East and thus also in France. Chinese demand for ordinary recovered paper grades was cooling, they said. Price cuts for exports to Asia are already under discussion for April, with a number of exporters saying that they had already signed and sealed deals at lower prices.