Which Country Produces the Most Pulp for Paper?

Production of Pulp for Paper (kt), 2018 or latest
Paper, Pulp & Forestry | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 71 countries in 2018, USA ranked the highest in production of pulp for paper with 47,924,814 kt followed by Brazil and China. On the other end of the scale was Cuba with 100 kt, Algeria with 2,000 kt and Iraq with 2,000 kt.

Total production of pulp for paper reached 191,257,354 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.58 % more than in the previous year and -0.476 % less than 10 years ago.

Historically, total production of pulp for paper reached an all time high of 196,050,077 kt in 2007 and an all time low of 61,879,400 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 2.00 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 25.1 % of production of pulp for paper in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 45.3 % share while the ten largest countries some 82.4 % in 2018.

Data for more countries are available at Production of Pulp for Paper indicator page.

Production of Pulp for Paper Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Brazil kt 13,977,000 15,129,000 16,465,000 17,426,000 18,835,000
Canada kt 17,189,000 17,293,000 16,592,000 16,590,000 16,547,000
Chile kt 5,080,000 5,157,000 5,208,800 5,116,600 5,145,400
China kt 18,842,000 17,100,000 17,173,000 16,463,000 15,964,000
Finland kt 10,109,650 10,270,000 10,221,386 10,250,000 10,520,000
Germany kt 2,636,000 2,610,000 2,597,000 2,553,000 2,485,067
India kt 4,131,600 4,681,300 5,986,300 6,276,300 6,126,800
Indonesia kt 6,710,000 6,782,000 6,777,000 7,127,000 7,269,000
Japan kt 8,664,000 8,791,000 8,989,000 8,745,000 8,656,000
Portugal kt 2,452,030 2,536,674 2,625,900 2,612,300 2,624,400
Russia kt 7,572,000 7,571,000 7,603,000 8,174,186 8,452,000
Spain kt 2,858,500 3,020,559 2,647,790 2,444,200 2,090,657
Sweden kt 11,658,000 11,222,000 10,991,025 11,086,999 11,289,011
USA kt 49,519,530 48,184,100 49,103,770 48,503,940 48,765,200
Uruguay kt 1,154,000 1,240,000 1,910,000 2,412,000 2,604,326