International Supply and Demand of Paper Products

As the world’s population grows, so too does its desire for more resources, including a high demand for paper fiber. Along with supply and demand economics worldwide, exporting recovered paper has many important environmental considerations as well, including:

  • Is there danger of a “paper fiber shortage”?
  • What happens when recovered fiber reaches its overseas destinations?
  • What does increased exports of paper fiber mean for North American operations?

This section explores the challenges and opportunities associated with the increasing demand for forest resources across the world.

Where does recovered fiber go?
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Most stays in Canada and the United States and is used for making new paper products. About 30 percent overall is exported mostly to Asian countries, primarily China that have rapidly rising paper demand and limited forest resources. Much of this recovered fiber returns as packaging for goods imported from China.