OAKLAND, CA ,
(PPI Pulp & Paper Week) -
North American pulp markets continued a four-month pricing run as producers moved to implement $20-40/tonne increases across key grades during a time of lower supply. A spring bounce is underway in bleached softwood kraft (BSK) grades, with benchmark northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) rising $20 to bring preliminary April effective list prices to $1,080/tonne, industry contacts told PPI Pulp & Paper Week.
Southern bleached softwood kraft (SBSK), which some sources consider tighter than NBSK, rose to $1,040, up $25 as supplies of both regular contract and spot tonnes remained low – prompting some producers to either exit spot markets or offer unusually high prices that most buyers declined to take.
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