14 February 2018
Paper Prices are Going Up
TORONTO— 
Reduced capacity increases prices
Reduced capacity increases prices
After remaining stable for the last four or five  years paper prices are going up. There may be any were from 2 to 3 price increases this year.The initial increase will be 3% to 7& depending on grade. Increases will be for both coated and uncoated.Sources said increases could happen in the next several weeks to a month.
Price increase throughout the supply chain
Price increase throughout the supply chain
A number of factors are causing this.  The biggest is an Increase in the price of pulp last year. The closing of several mills have reduced capacity. Also increased  shipping cost in the US because of new regulations. When the second round of increases will happen depends on supply ,  demand and how the market reacts to the first round of increases. If the NAFTA deal goes off the rails it is any ones guess where paper prices will go. Also how will overseas mills react.
Comments:
1. Bob Rymarchuk says:
21 February 2018 at 7:45 PM
Stable pricing over the last 4 or 5 years is a myth - we have been receiving regular increases of 4% - 10% from our paper suppliers in that period - wish I had price lists from that far back - the cumulative increase would be frightening.
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