In 2007, China imported 8.47 million tons of pulp, an increase of 6.5 per cent over 2006, Xinhua reports. The cost was US$5.5 billion, an increase of 26.3 per cent over 2006. The average cost of the pulp was US$655 per ton.
Just over one quarter of the pulp came from Canada (26.3 per cent, 2.23 million tons). “Other major paper pulp suppliers for China included Chile, Russia, the United States and ASEAN members.”
During the first nine months of 2007, China closed down 1,562 small pulp mills, as “part of energy conservation and emissions reduction efforts”, according to Xinhua. This led to a reduction of pulp production in China of 15 per cent.