COVERAGE NOTE: Changes to Asian Packaging Assessments

SINGAPORE, Jan. 19, 2018 (PPI Asia, APPM) – Fastmarkets RISI has expanded its Asian fine paper and packaging coverage in PPI Asia and Asian Pulp and Paper Monitor (APPM) from January 2018, as previously announced.

From this month, Fastmarkets RISI has made the following changes to its price coverage in the region:

  • Launched new PPI Asia monthly assessments for East China kraftliner, reflecting material imported from the US, Europe, Russia and Australia, and added coverage of this price series in APPM.
  • Increased the frequency of PPI Asia Southeast Asia price assessments for kraft-top liner, testliner and recycled fluting from quarterly to monthly, and added coverage of these series in APPM.
  • Increased the frequency of PPI Asia Southeast Asia price assessments for grayback and whiteback coated duplex board from quarterly to monthly, and added coverage of these price series in APPM.
  • Discontinued PPI Asia Southeast Asia kraftliner assessments.

At the same time, Fastmarkets RISI will alter the definition of its Southeast Asia packaging assessments to remove the reference to Hong Kong, as these grades are not actively traded there. This is an immaterial change that should not affect assessment levels.

The changes follow an extensive market consultation process regarding the coverage of fine paper and packaging grades in APPM and PPI Asia. In a related move, APPM will discontinue Hong Kong price assessments for kraftliner, kraft-top liner, corrugating medium and coated duplex board with effect from March 31, 2018. Meanwhile PPW has renamed its US Unbleached Kraftliner export for Asia assessment (Price ID 295) to Unbleached Kraft linerboard, 175 g+ (export/import) C&F China.

For more detailed information on the proposed changes, please see Fastmarkets RISI’s support guide on Asian Packaging changes.

For Fastmarkets RISI’s methodology on Asian packaging, please see here.

If you have questions about these proposed changes, please email pricing@risi.com.

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