An energy surcharge of 105 Euro per tonne will be applied to all of Navigator’s uncoated woodfree and packaging products in Europe, Middle East and Africa from 1 April. Prices in the US will also rise.
The hike is on top of European increases of 8-15% for its UWF paper that came into effect on 1 March, and of price increases of 6- 9% in the US during January and early February, and of 7- 10% in the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America.
The company said that since the beginning of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, which has severely aggravated already unstable and unpredictable macroeconomic dynamics, it has experienced a steeper increase in energy related costs.
A statement said: With international sanctions on Russia and high European dependency on their gas supply, the current geopolitical situation has led to a very rapid increase in energy prices, with expectations of further increases. Apart from the direct impact of the energy prices on Navigator's cost structure, the company is also severely affected by the indirect energy impact in several chemicals and logistic costs.
Under these circumstances of extreme uncertainty, with Navigator being exposed direct and indirectly to energy price volatility, significantly affecting its profitability, the company is forced to implement an energy surcharge on all UWF and packaging products. It will be effective until further notice from the 1 April 2022 and will be included in the invoice price.
The Navigator Company believes that this exceptional measure is imperative to support its business model's long-term sustainability and the overall supply chain. Navigator will monitor the evolution of energy prices closely, adjusting the surcharge when the situation so requires.
Navigator understands the impact of this unprecedented situation throughout the supply chain and will continue to work closely with all clients to strengthen its common business. The company sincerely hopes that this unfortunate situation will end soon.