COVERAGE NOTE: Changes to US RCP Prices for Exports to China

COVERAGE NOTE: Changes to US RCP Prices for Export to China

In light of China’s planned ban on imports of “unsorted” recyclables such as mixed paper, due to take effect on Dec. 31, RISI is considering the following changes to its recovered paper coverage in PPI Pulp & Paper Week:

  • To discontinue assessments of mixed paper CFR China from Long Beach/Los Angeles and New York/New Jersey (price IDs 11914 and 11884)
  • To change the destination title to Asia of four US mixed paper export prices assessed on a FAS basis, from the destination title of China (price IDs 11886, 11888, 11891, 11912). The Asia destination would include exports to India, South Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam.

These changes may be necessary if US exports of mixed paper to China drop significantly or even stop. In this case, RISI would be unable to maintain reasonable assessments of the value of mixed paper for delivery to China.

The timeline for the proposed changes has yet to be fixed, and it would depend on market developments in 2018. RISI will communicate further on this following consultation with stakeholders. If there is insufficient market data for mixed paper on which to base assessments following the introduction of the import ban, RISI will use limited pricing information and other factors, such as the relative values of similar grades. For more information on RISI’s assessment methodology, please visit

Please send comments to, indicating “US RCP Export Prices” in the subject line of the email, by the end of February 2018. RISI will publish its final decision and timeline for any changes as soon as possible after this date.

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