All of OCC, mixed and news and pams were down in April from the amount exported in March. However, this can also be partly explained by the Easter holiday period.
A total of 149,630 tonnes of OCC was exported in April down from March’s 190,725 tonnes. This was also the lowest monthly figure since June 2020.
With mixed, 129,250 tonnes left the UK, lower than March’s 147,159 tonnes. This was the lowest since June 2021.
Then with news & pams, 27,877 tonnes was exported, falling from 36,211 tonnes in March. It was the smallest tonnage exported since January.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
India remained the dominant destination in April taking 60,095 tonnes, albeit lower than 64,791 tonnes in March.
Turkey was next with 28,843 tonnes, falling from March’s 31,463 tonnes.
The EU as a whole was next with 28,357 tonnes, also dropping from 37,018 tonnes in the previous month. Of this, 11,860 tonnes went to the Netherlands (14,013 tonnes in March), 6,593 tonnes to Germany (10,005 tonnes in March), 5,106 tonnes to France (8,092 tonnes in March), 2,006 tonnes to Spain (2,047 in March) and 1,392 tonnes to Belgium (1,042 tonnes in March).
Next up was Malaysia with 15,076 tonnes easing back from March’s 18,004 tonnes.
Indonesia also dropped in April to 11,918 tonnes compared to 17,400 in the previous month.
Vietnam was also a lot lower with just 2,424 tonnes going there compared to 12,782 tonnes in March.
Thailand was also down to 2,332 tonnes in April from 6,726 tonnes the month before.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
India remained the easily dominant destination for mixed with exports from the UK hitting 64,538 tonnes up from 56,680 tonnes in March.
The EU in total imported 34,827 tonnes, dropping from March’s 43,762 tonnes. Of this, the Netherlands imported 25,083 tonnes, down from 27,088 tonnes in the preceding month. Germany took 5,551 tonnes (9,016 tonnes in March) and France 2,078 tonnes (4,266 tonnes in March).
Vietnam was the next best destination, but exports to here virtually halved in April to 10,732 tonnes from 20,637 tonnes the month before.
Thailand imported 8,753 tonnes of UK mixed, again almost halving from March’s 16,157 tonnes.
Indonesia dropped to 4,488 tonnes from 5,023 tonnes in the previous month.
Malaysia was actually a bit higher importing 2,652 tonnes compared to 2,085 tonnes in March.
Pakistan also increased its purchase of UK mixed to 1,748 tonnes from March’s 698.
Singapore was a little lower with 1,250 tonnes down from 1,750 tonnes in the earlier month.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
The entire EU was the strongest destination for this grade in April taking 12,884 tonnes, although this was lower than 15,933 tonnes in March.
Of this, 10,360 tonnes went to Germany, but this had fallen from March’s 11,790 tonnes. Only the Netherlands took more than 1,000 tonnes in the rest of Europe with 1,618 tonnes, down from 2,944 tonnes in the month before.
India was just behind the EU with 12,206 tonnes in April, but this came down from 16,805 tonnes in March.
Otherwise, no other destination imported more than 1,000 tonnes in April.
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