Södra part of the European Commission's inspections in the wood pulp sector
On 12 October 2021, the European Commission conducted unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in the wood pulp sector, including Södra. The Commission’s suspicions concern the pricing of softwood pulp. Södra cooperates fully and supports the Commission in its investigation, but cannot comment the ongoing process further.
Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step in a competition law investigation. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behavior nor does it prejudice the outcome of the investigation itself.