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    Gain leverage in price negotiations and respond to major containerboard market disruptions

    Domestic linerboard prices rose $30/ton and $40/ton in North America as producers again sought price relief from inflation, even as some buyers said demand wasn’t strong enough to pay more for linerboard or corrugated boxes. Levels for 42-lb unbleached kraft linerboard, 35-/36-lb High Performance linerboard, and 30-/31-lb recycled linerboard all rose $40/ton, to $900-910/ton delivered […]

    Prices have started to move up in Mexico following a downturn period that started in mid-2022, several market participants in the country’s containerboard market confirmed to Fastmarkets. Linerboard prices peaked at an average of 15,500 pesos ($790) per tonne in July 2022, reaching a bottom of 12,300 pesos in March 2024. In this long period […]

    Despite a $30 per tonne price increase for containerboard exports from the US to Mexico this year, the domestic market for the product still has not shown any reaction in terms of demand and prices, sources told Fastmarkets during a visit to the country in the week beginning on May 13. The overall sentiment is […]

    A big question mark for Brazilian containerboard market participants right now is the impact the Rio Grande do Sul floods will have on demand in the country. Although hard to estimate, especially amid reduced gross domestic product (GDP) forecasts, we still believe that the floods will have a somewhat limited impact on the demand for […]

    Prices for locally produced containerboard moved north again in April in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries as manufacturers pushed for price hikes for the month or the second quarter. Contacts on the supply side motivated these moves with higher costs for raw materials and logistics, price increases in other regions such as Europe and […]

    After reporting weak export volumes throughout 2023 as a result of the economic recession affecting important global markets, the latest food export statistics from Latin American countries are bringing relief for corrugated packaging producers in the region, sources told Fastmarkets. Interested in the latest developments and trends in the paper packaging industry? Speak to our team […]

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