Price increase on the German RCP market leaves no mark on business in Poland.
There has hardly been any price movement so far in the fourth quarter on the Polish recovered paper market. The most recent mark-ups for supermarket paper and board in Germany did not have any effect on November’s quotes in Poland, EUWID was told. The market was largely balanced and there was enough material available for everyone.
RCP availability on the domestic market was good and largely unaffected by Polish converters's move to suspend imports from Germany owing to the increased prices there. In isolated cases, smaller local paper producers had taken advantage of the good supply situation and had even achieved lower prices for supermarket paper and board in November.
Market insiders find it difficult to make price and market forecasts for the next year considering the uncertainties linked to the development of Poland’s economy and the potential impact of the revision of Poland’s waste law. The new law took effect as of 1 January 2012, but there is an 18-month transition period until the middle of 2013.
One aspect of the waste law obliges Polish local authorities to assume responsibility for waste collection. In contrast to most European countries, until now each household in Poland has been able to sign a contract with the waste management company of its choosing. As a result, there was very little progress in separating and recycling waste and most of it ended up in landfill. Only 5% of waste was separately collected.
⇒ This article is an excerpt from EUWID's bimonthly report on Polish paper market. The EUWID Price Watch Poland for November will be published in EUWID Pulp and Paper no. 49 on 5 December.
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