Russia has managed to resolve the issue of paper shortages, said Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov. According to him, now the situation is normalizing and prices are returning to January-February levels.
Recall that in March, A4 office paper rose sharply in price in Russian stores, including Tomsk. A pack of 500 sheets of paper began to cost about a thousand rubles and above. In some stores, the price began to reach three thousand rubles per package. The reason for the sharp increase was production problems: Russian plants stopped producing chemical reagents for bleaching, which came from Finland.
“There was a shortage of office paper on the market, but for about two or three weeks in March, it was due to the fact that the Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Mill was suspended,” Yevtukhov was quoted as saying by Kommersant.
According to the deputy minister, now the “situation is normalizing” and prices are returning to January-February levels.
“There will be no shortage in the near future, because the plant has stated that it already satisfies almost 80% of those orders that were before this situation,” Viktor Yevtukhov said (quoted by TASS).
He added that Svetogorsk Pulp and Paper Mill found suppliers in India and China, and was also offered Russian ingredients.
“This is a new type of paper, and it will be a little different color, not bright white. But at the same time chemicals that do not contain chlorine will be used, that is, it will still be eco-paper, “the deputy minister added.
Earlier, the government of the Leningrad region reported that the Svetogorsk pulp and paper mill (produces office paper SvetoCopy) began production of “eco-paper” from semi-bleached pulp: beige instead of white. The new paper product is called SvetoCopy ECO.
According to the journalist vtomske.ru, who studied the prices for office paper in March, while its cost for Ozon and Wildberries has changed little: the price of a package of SvetoCopy of 500 sheets remains in the region of one thousand rubles and above. Boxes with five packs of paper on marketplaces sell for 5 – 10 thousand rubles. There are still offers with a price of 15 thousand rubles per box.
A new beige SvetoCopy Eco paper is also available at Ozon. In the description of the goods it is noted that such paper has natural whiteness of 60%, and at classical SvetoCopy this indicator is equal to 96%. The manufacturer states that the new paper can be used in any printer and copier.
At the time of publication, the packaging of SvetoCopy Eco on Ozon costs 885 rubles. It is stated that this is a discounted price, and without a discount – 1,295 rubles.