Brown kraftliner is readily available in Germany in June. This is, among other factors, due to a 70% increase in US kraftliner deliveries to Germany.
Brown kraftliner is readily available in Germany in June. Observers attribute this to the considerably delayed fruit and vegetable harvest in southern Europe and to the fact that customers had built up a buffer after extreme supply shortages in the past year and are now drawing down these inventories. Converters also use more substitute papers, which has removed tension from the market.
Moreover, North American kraftliner seems to have captured a significantly larger market share in Germany. Industry respondents say that deliveries from the USA to the German market were more than 70% higher in the first quarter of this year than in the same period last year.