China is one of the world’s biggest producers of paper, with exports of about $1.5 trillion in 2014, up 10% from 2012.
The country’s exports to the U.S. reached $1 trillion in 2015, and the United States is the world market for about 75% of China’s total paper exports.
But the country is a big seller of paper from its own factories, as well as to countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, where it’s being used in papermaking.
The China Papermakers Association says its annual report on exports shows China’s production grew by about 4% to 1.3 billion tons in the first half of the year, compared with a year earlier.
China’s main export market is Africa, which saw more than 1 billion tons of paper exports in 2015.
China has become increasingly reliant on paper for its economic growth, particularly in the last decade as its economy has grown by an average of 8% a year.
“The China Papermaking Association is the largest trade group in China, representing nearly 200,000 companies,” said Michael Kiehl, chief executive officer of the association.
“It represents over 70% of all paper export volumes in China and it represents 40% of the market in China.”
China Papermaker Magazine has a look at China’s leading papermakers.