Over two-thirds of recovered paper exported to China

Annual trade data published by RISI, an information provider for the global forest products industry, shows China accounted for 54 percent of global trade in recovered fiber in 2009, a substantial increase from its 34 percent share in 2004. The United States exported over two thirds of its recovered paper to China in 2009, just over 13 of its 19 million tons. Chinese paper and board mills imported another 17 million tons of recovered paper from the rest of the world.

The data, compiled into one time-series database by RISI economists around the globe, shows exports from the major producing countries to 62 destination countries for key graphic paper, packaging and pulp & recovered paper grades.