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2009 foreign competition: Paperitalo 2nd Tuesday Surveys

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Survey subject:

Foreign competition

2nd Tuesday Surveys are Copyright 2010 by Paperitalo Publications and used by permission of the Copyright Owner

  Dates open: 9 – 24 Mar 2009

Confidential level and error band:
(95% confid. Level, +/- 10% error band)

No. of respondents: 98

Pulp & Paper Industry

65% US respondents, 7% Canada, 6% Western Eurpoe each, all other areas were less

  • When asked about foreign competition: 48% said it is a threat to their mill
  • The biggest concern was labor costs (32%) followed by loose environmental regulations (18%)
  • 66% of respondents report their company regularly lobbies their home country’s government for protection
  • 63% cite “other cost cutting” as the primary way they address foreign competition.
  • 38% say it is “possible” or “almost certain” foreign competition will be responsible for their mill to shut in the next five years
  • 76% report their country does not use tariffs to thwart foreign competition
  • 17% report their country uses threats of retaliation with other goods to protect forest products
  • 35% blame environmental groups for favourable treatment of foreign pulp and paper products in their home market

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Drivers of the Pulp and Paper Industry:
Forest products markets / Holzproduktmärkte:
Node Types:
Foreign competition 2009
Issue date: 
March 2009
Publisher Name: 
Paperitalo's 2nd Tuesday Surveys(TM)
Jim Thompson
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