Japan’s export of corrugated base paper has reached a new high, thanks to the Chinese market

Japanese exports of corrugated paper are surging, reaching 300,000 tons in real terms in the first five months of this year, a record high for the same period, the Nikkei reported.The expansion of China’s online shopping market has promoted the increase of Japanese exports. Another factor is that the strong demand for corrugated paper in Japan has temporarily stopped. Due to the adjustment of supply and demand, papermaking enterprises have exported raw paper one after another.

Exports in May were 52,000 tonnes, more than double that of the same month last year and up for the sixth month in a row, according to the Japan Paper Association.In the first five months of this year, it increased 90 percent year on year to 300,000 tons, nearly 40 percent more than the previous record for the same period in 2018.Exports are also expected to exceed 50,000 tons in June, up from May.

The main export areas of Japanese corrugated paper are China and Southeast Asia.Exports to China, in particular, in the january-May period were more than six times higher than in the same period in 2019, reaching 87,000 tons, accounting for 30 percent of the total.

China is the most important export market for Japanese corrugated paper.Japanese corrugated paper exports to China in the first five months of 2020 reached 87,000 tons, more than six times that of the same period last year, accounting for 30 percent of the total exports.

In addition to increased demand in foreign markets, mainly in China and Southeast Asia, the continued downturn in Japan’s domestic market due to the epidemic has forced many manufacturers to switch from domestic sales to exports.Although most Japanese factories have returned to work, domestic demand for packaging and transportation has fallen because of regulations such as social distancing, which have slowed shipments, and the lifting of a nationwide ban.

Corrugated base paper is composed of wood fibers that can be naturally decomposed. It is usually used to make corrugated core, and then one layer of box board paper is pasted from top to bottom to become corrugated board. The three-layer structure makes corrugated board stronger and more flexible.Corrugated board final products are mostly corrugated boxes, widely used in various commodity packaging, storage and distribution, with light weight, easy to recycle and reuse, etc., so in the packaging market than plastic and metal materials are more popular.

The world’s first commercial carton appeared in 1817, made to pack glass bottles and kerosene lamps by Albert Jones, a New Yorker who is also known as the “father of corrugated cardboard.”

Today, more than 95% of goods in the United States are shipped in corrugated boxes, and more than half of the paper recycled in the United States every year is corrugated.According to the latest data released by Market Research firm QualiKet Research, the global corrugated box packaging market is expected to reach a total value of us $29022 billion in 2019 and reach US $336.25 billion in 2027, with a compound annual growth rate of about 5.20%.

The world’s largest demand for corrugated boxes is China.China’s consumption of corrugated boxes was 23.74 million tons in 2019, up 7.28 percent year on year, according to China Paper.cn.In the same year, a total of 1.56 million tons of corrugated base paper and 2.2 million tons of carton board paper were imported.China’s demand will grow 22 percent year on year to 72 million tons by 2022, accounting for a quarter of global demand, according to the Nikkei business Daily in 2018, citing mizuho Bank.

Behind this is the rapid development of e-commerce retail.According to the China E-commerce Report 2019 released by the Ministry of Commerce, China’s e-commerce transactions reached 34.81 trillion yuan in the past year, with online retail sales of 10.63 trillion yuan, up 16.5 percent year-on-year.

In addition to finished corrugated paper, China also imports waste paper from Japan as raw materials for corrugated boxes.In March 2018, China lowered the limit on the proportion of impurities contained in imported waste paper from 1.5 percent to 0.5 percent.Compared with American waste paper, which is considered to have more mixtures, Japan has a long-standing garbage classification habit. Its waste paper is considered to be of higher quality in the screening process, and it is close to China, so it has an advantage in transportation cost.

With the rapid development of e-commerce platforms, express packaging is a powerful growth point for corrugated carton consumption.According to Research And Markets, the global e-commerce packaging market is worth us $27.04 billion in 2019 And will continue to rise to us $615.50 in 2025, with an estimated cAGR of 14.59% in the next five years.

Due to stricter supervision and stronger awareness of environmental protection, corrugated carton occupies a dominant position in various types of express packaging.According to environmental groups “green peace” “get rid of the shackles” and the Chinese environmental protection association in 2019 released by the China Courier package waste characteristics and management status quo of the research report, in 2018 China’s total consumption paper express 8.5605 million tons of packaging materials, accounted for 90.95% of express packaging materials, paper packaging material is given priority to with corrugated paper, accounted for 96.18%.

In January 2005, China issued the “New plastic bag Restriction Order”, requiring that by the end of 2025, non-degradable plastic bags, plastic tape and disposable plastic woven bags will be banned from postal and express outlets nationwide.Consumption of corrugated boxes is expected to rise further.


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Post time: Sep-02-2020