The turmoil caused by Houthi attacks in the Red Sea – with all its ramifications for cargo shipping, including exports of recovered paper – has had less of an impact on France’s recovered paper market than expected in January. Export prices decreased a little, but were still higher than in France so domestic prices for ordinary recovered paper grades stayed the same in January as in the month before. Only sorted graphic paper for deinking and a couple of high recovered paper grades became cheaper in the first month of 2024.
With hardly any change in market conditions evident, mixed paper and board (1.02), supermarket paper and board (1.04) and old corrugated containers (OCC; 1.05) cost the same in January as they did in December on the French market. Domestic demand for these grades remains limited but relatively consistent. Market players noted that some containerboard mills had taken downtime over the Christmas and New Year period. These stoppages were rarely more extensive than usual, though. Quite a few buyers continued to operate during the period.
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