Recycled paper export report: August 2020

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OCC and news & pam exports increased in August, but mixed paper exports were down, according to the latest HMRC data.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

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Exports of OCC in August were at their strongest since lockdown measures began to be introduced in March 2020.

A total of 158,160 tonnes left UK ports up a touch on July’s 155,840 tonnes.

Indonesia took the largest slice with 28,830 tonnes, up from 19,840 tonnes in July. This shows the importance of Indonesia’s decision to postpone its registration process and perhaps the damage done in the last couple of months by the uncertainty.

Vietnam followed with 23,454 tonnes, which was down on July’s 39,224 tonnes.

Not far behind in August was Malaysia with 22,404 tonnes, which was also down from 35,691 tonnes the month before.

China filled up some quota with 18,854 tonnes from 13,105 in July. This was the best month for there since October 2019.

With 10,673 tonnes, rising from July’s 8,312 tonnes, was Thailand.

The EU as a whole imported 5,347 tonnes of UK material, up from 3,965 tonnes in July. France was the predominant European buyer with 2,568 tonnes followed by the Netherlands with 1,472 tonnes.

Taiwan was the only other significant destination with 4,885 tonnes down from July’s 5,190 tonnes.

India was next with 21,667 tonnes, up from 13,626 tonnes in July.

After this was Turkey with 21,051 tonnes increasing from 16,544 tonnes a month earlier.

OCC key destinations (47071000)

wdt_ID Date China Vietnam India Indonesia EU
1 01/12/2017 169,797,238 34,109,420 8,423,207 6,773,072 6,969,379
2 01/11/2017 141,195,914 24,491,024 13,601,647 8,683,621 6,358,291
3 01/10/2017 92,401,545 50,490,531 11,873,555 12,380,518 13,695,821
4 01/09/2017 220,831,969 22,871,385 12,628,455 3,961,079 8,304,184
5 01/08/2017 117,351,874 16,737,793 9,619,311 3,816,526 9,572,395
6 01/07/2017 145,445,005 7,086,910 5,253,257 2,246,658 7,136,389
7 01/06/2017 233,535,331 4,335,207 7,572,675 135,975 14,069,860
8 01/05/2017 181,070,651 14,451,740 14,406,892 818,736 5,455,701
9 01/04/2017 210,157,209 17,300,095 19,477,521 13,606,232 8,853,811
10 01/03/2017 232,512,036 10,464,640 10,429,028 8,800,361 3,825,716

Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790

Exports of mixed paper fell in August to 121,591 tonnes from 125,472 tonnes in July. It was still the second best month of 2020 so far though following July and higher than the next best 119,765 tonnes in March.

India was the biggest buyer by far with 39,118 tonnes, increasing from July’s 32,511 tonnes. This was also the best month since April for Indian purchases of UK mixed.

The EU as a whole followed next with 26,432 tonnes, down from 31,855 tonnes in July. Most went via the Netherlands with 14,746 tonnes, lower than July’s 15,209 tonnes. Germany came next with 8,750 tonnes, dropping from 12,095 tonnes in July. France was the only other significant destination in the EU with 2,281 tonnes, falling from 3,203 tonnes in July.

Of course, the EU would be expected to fall in August due to it being the key holiday month of the year.

Considering this commodity code is banned, it remains a surprise that 14,300 tonnes of mixed went to China, up from 11,269 tonnes in July.

Thailand was next with 12,484 tonnes, down from 13,052 tonnes a month earlier.

Vietnam took 7,625 tonnes in August, just a little higher than 7,472 tonnes in the preceding month.

Taiwan was the next best destination with 7,561 tonnes down from 10,500 tonnes in July.

Indonesia followed with 6,833 tonnes, which was a drop on July’s 9,131 tonnes.

Malaysia fell to 4,680 tonnes in August compared to 5,584 tonnes a month earlier.

Pakistan was the only other destination importing more than 1,000 tonnes of UK material with it taking 1,681 tonnes down from 2,164 tonnes in July.

Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)

wdt_ID Date China Vietnam India Indonesia EU total
1 01/12/2017 22,529,805 5,767,421 16,168,213 28,701,760 15,069,808
2 01/11/2017 21,525,899 6,776,878 21,513,241 32,511,340 19,241,687
3 01/10/2017 9,593,975 4,340,760 14,774,368 54,498,670 24,596,269
4 01/09/2017 37,134,676 3,672,400 5,658,543 17,281,140 27,499,171
5 01/01/2018 19,743,449 5,635,360 26,605,749 18,178,619 22,555,181
6 01/02/2018 16,615,169 6,738,460 37,931,747 14,731,060 23,951,039
7 01/03/2018 9,506,604 3,401,120 62,254,124 18,293,150 30,951,364
8 01/04/2018 12,467,300 6,865,830 43,863,425 16,487,850 32,221,347
9 01/05/2018 20,530,708 7,271,480 31,540,048 8,371,720 31,144,679
10 01/06/2018 17,873,411 4,860,900 21,463,876 23,196,375 29,530,427

News & Pams – Commodity code 470730

August saw an improvement in exports of this grade to 28,106 tonnes almost double July’s 15,433 tonnes.

Most of the improvement came due to a big increase in exports to France, which took 13,125 tonnes of UK material, a big jump on July’s 3,536 tonnes.

This was the lion’s share of exports to the EU with only Spain’s 1,153 tonnes of note.

Elsewhere, Indian imports increased to 9,493 tonnes from July’s 6,005 tonnes.

China also took more of this grade with 1,732 tonnes up from 500 tonnes in July.

OCC historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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