Paper Trade Finance

TFG Paper Financing Guide

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Paper Trade Finance

2017 saw approximately 423.3 million metric tons of paper consumed globally, with China and the US leading consumption levels at 113m and 71m metric tonnes consumed respectively. The consumption of paper around the world is expected to increase to 495 million metric tonnes by 2030, presenting a steady yet positive outlook for the global paper market. Using a combination of capital, tools and international trade expertise, Trade Finance Global has helped a number of firms trading in these products import the materials they require and export their product to new markets abroad.


According to Statista, the US has the highest per capita consumption of paper rate in the world, with 213kg per capita – compared against the global average of 57kg, we see that the US is a significant pillar of demand for the world paper market. However, paper can be classified as a renewable resource, and actually has one of the highest recycling rates. In 2018, approximately 53 million short tonnes of paper and paperboard were recycled in the US.

Although the world of trade finance is fast moving toward a digital environment, with products such as electronic letters of credit, digital trade ecosystems and other digital technologies that remove the need for paper, the demand for paper is still present in many of the worlds private and public institutions.

Products Financed & Finance Requirements

Products Financed:

  • Paper
  • Paperboard

Finance Requirements:

  • You can demonstrate a history of profitable trading
  • Your business is creditworthy
  • You have a well-researched business plan in support of your proposed venture
How the transaction works

Unlike conventional finance, trade finance products require limited capital guarantees up front from the firms involved. Instead, Trade Finance Global will work with you to assess your business and your proposed venture and recommend an appropriate trade finance product for you. They will then identify sources of private finance and construct a product for you with bespoke lending terms and some form of guarantee for the lender – usually, this will take the form of an unpaid invoice, cash due in accounts receivable, or even the fertilizer goods involved in the transaction. Once agreed, TFG can extend finance to the buyer in the transaction to pay the seller in full upon dispatch of the goods, cash flow the buyer can enjoy lengthy repayment terms to ensure they can transport, receive and sell the goods involved in their venture, before repaying the finance from the profits.

What is the SIC code for Paper Trade?

There are multiple SIC codes that could apply to the trade of paper, depending on material, product and business activity. Below are the codes that could apply:

  • 17120 – Manufacture of paper and paperboard
  • 17211 – Manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard, sacks and bags
  • 17219 – Manufacture of other paper and paperboard containers
  • 17240 – Manufacture of wall paper
  • 17290 – Manufacture of other articles of paper and paperboard n.e.c.

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About the Author

Mark heads up the trade finance offering at TFG where his team focuses on bringing in alternative structured finance to international trading companies. Prior to joining TFG (, Mark qualified as a lawyer with a top ranked global trade and structured commodity finance team.

Mark has previously advised commodity trading firms, banks and alternative capital providers on international structured trade financings, pre-export, prepayment and limited recourse structures – notably in the oil, soft commodities and metals sectors. This has included mining finance projects, structured letter of credit facilities, receivables discounting and forfaiting agreements.

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