Which Country Produces the Most Wood Pulp?

Wood Pulp Production (kt), 2018 or latest
Paper, Pulp & Forestry | March 9, 2020
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Based on a comparison of 62 countries in 2018, USA ranked the highest in wood pulp production with 48,965,076 kt followed by Brazil and Canada. On the other end of the scale was Madagascar with 700 kt, Myanmar with 1,200 kt and Ecuador with 2,000 kt.

Total wood pulp production reached 187,758,058 kt in 2018 in the World according to Faostat. This is 1.65 % more than in the previous year and 5.64 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, total wood pulp production reached an all time high of 187,758,058 kt in 2018 and an all time low of 61,548,400 kt in 1961. The average annual growth amounted to 1.98 % since 1961.

The top ranked country, USA, accounted for 26.1 % of wood pulp production in the world. The top 3 countries hold a 46.6 % share while the ten largest countries some 83.0 % in 2018.

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

Wood Pulp Production Unit 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Brazil kt 14,318,000 15,492,000 16,845,000 17,813,000 19,409,000
Canada kt 17,849,000 18,053,000 17,277,000 17,180,000 17,037,000
Chile kt 5,080,000 5,157,000 5,208,800 5,116,600 5,145,400
China kt 9,284,000 10,445,000 10,974,000 11,014,000 11,781,000
Finland kt 10,234,650 10,520,000 10,471,386 10,450,000 10,920,000
Germany kt 2,636,000 2,610,000 2,597,000 2,553,000 2,485,067
India kt 2,400,300 2,675,300 3,330,300 3,470,300 3,361,800
Indonesia kt 6,605,000 6,677,000 6,672,000 7,022,000 7,331,953
Japan kt 8,722,000 8,841,000 9,066,000 8,875,000 8,809,000
Portugal kt 2,452,030 2,536,674 2,625,900 2,660,900 2,729,100
Russia kt 7,662,000 7,200,000 7,532,000 8,074,186 8,352,000
South Africa kt 2,276,000 2,287,969 2,338,462 2,320,192 2,221,547
Sweden kt 12,033,000 11,725,000 11,531,025 11,621,999 11,824,011
USA kt 50,200,530 49,055,100 50,106,640 49,368,210 49,534,430
Uruguay kt 1,154,000 1,240,000 1,910,000 2,412,000 2,604,326