FPL economists Peter Ince (retired) and Prakash Nepal see a future in the paper trade. Their recent study, Effects on U.S. Timber Outlook of Recent Economic Recession, Collapse in Housing Construction, and Wood Energy Trends (FPL-GTR-219), finds evidence to suggest a reversal in historic net export trends for U.S. paper and paperboard.
Ince and Nepal attribute their projections to gains in producer competitiveness, closure of less efficient paper mills, and projected global economic growth with a lower U.S. dollar exchange value. All this adds up to a favorable future for net U.S. paper and paperboard exports.
The projected expansion of U.S. production and net exports, write Ince and Nepal, consists mostly of “other paper and paperboard products” which includes packaging paper and paperboard products, tissue and sanitary paper products, and specialty paper products.