RISI VIEWPOINT: Chinese import policy gives US recycled boxboard producers a breath of life

By Abdulla Zaid, Economist, RISI

During the past few years, the USA has witnessed declining demand for recycled folding cartons (CRB) within the grade's standard end-use markets, which presented a headwind for CRB demand on the converter level. This shift in demand was mainly caused by substitution pressures from alternative packaging options, such as plastic, and the growing trends of e-commerce. CRB demand relative to GDP is expected to record the largest decline in the main boxboard categories in 2018 of 9.6%. We expect demand for CRB to continue falling over the forecast, albeit at a slower pace.

The shift ...

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