US pulp spot markets end year flat across key BSK, BHK grades; SBSK volumes surge despite Asian pull

OAKLAND, CA, Dec. 19, 2017 (RISI) -In US pulp spot markets, four key grades of bleached softwood kraft ((BSK) and bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) were unchanged after volumes of benchmark northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) waned, industry contacts told RISI.

US NBSK held flat on a lack of volume because most producers exported any extra tonnes to China and other export markets. A few non-contract deals occurred but within the same ranges reported during November.

That left US NBSK spot prices to US East and Midwest at $770-810/tonne in RISI polling through Dec. 15. Preliminary US NBSK effective list prices increased $20/tonne ...

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