OCC, mixed paper and news & pams all increased in August on July, which is traditionally seen as a quieter month.
A total of 172,375 tonnes of OCC was exported in August, up from 151,969 tonnes in the preceding month. However, July had been the weakest month of the year so far, so this was an improvement on poor numbers.
Mixed paper exports in August were only a tiny amount higher at 143,768 tonnes from July’s 143,345 – barely changed in reality.
News & pams jumped up to 28,972 tonnes from 21,665 tonnes in July.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
Vietnam was the number one destination for OCC in August taking 37,822 tonnes up from July’s 24,512 tonnes. This was the best month for there since October 2020 when 39,599 tonnes was sent from the UK there.
The EU as a whole was next with 28,110 tonnes, down from 29,829 tonnes in July. Within the EU, 7,919 tonnes went to Germany (8,930 tonnes in July), Netherlands took 7,773 tonnes (9,564 tonnes in July), 5,099 tonnes was exported to France (4,352 tonnes in July), Spain imported 3,215 tonnes (2,740 tonnes in July) and Belgium bought 2,871 tonnes (2,661 tonnes in July).
After the EU was Malaysia with 27,700 tonnes, jumping significantly from July’s 17,700 tonnes.
India followed with 257,782 tonnes in August, barely changed from 25,949 tonnes the month before.
Turkey fell to 17,148 tonnes from July’s 23,385 tonnes.
Indonesia was just behind this with 17,076 tonnes, just a bit lower than 17,700 tonnes in the preceding month.
Thailand increased to 13,253 tonnes in August up from the previous month’s 10,779 tonnes.
Taiwan doubled imports to 2,667 tonnes, up from July’s 1,116 tonnes.
Finally, China imported 1,750 tonnes of OCC from zero tonnes in recent months. Does this mean China has opened up? No, not until it becomes statistically significant after a few months. There are lots of reasons for this, such as an erroneous entry or mis-marked forms.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
The EU was the main destination for mixed paper in August, but this was down from July’s 41,520 tonnes. Around two thirds of this went to Netherlands’ ports with 24,090 tonnes, down from 27,067 tonnes in July. The other destinations taking more than 1,000 tonnes were Germany with 6,850 tonnes (8,873 tonnes in July) and France’s 3,662 tonnes (3,459 tonnes in July).
Thailand was the next best destination for mixed in August with 33,470 tonnes, up from 31,184 tonnes the month before.
Indian imports dropped to 26,172 tonnes from 30,622 tonnes in July.
Vietnam followed with 21,311 tonnes, up from 19,512 tonnes the month previously.
A total of 16,372 tonnes of UK material was sent to Indonesia, up from 12,733 tonnes in July.
Taiwan jumped up to 6,375 tonnes, from 1,575 tonnes in the preceding month.
Malaysian imports fell to 2,161 tonnes from 3,957 tonnes in the month before.
Pakistan’s imports were barely changed at 1,488 tonnes from 1,305 tonnes in July.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
The EU was just about the largest buyer of this grade in August with 9,340 tonnes from July’s 6,675 tonnes.
India fell a little to 9,062 tonnes from 9,904 tonnes a month earlier.
Turkey was next with 5,178 tonnes up from just 680 tonnes in July.
Vietnam was next with 3,042 tonnes, like Turkey jumping up considerably after taking just 689 tonnes in July.
Indonesia followed with 1,209 tonnes, increasing from July’s 947 tonnes.
OCC historic data – all destinations
Mixed paper historic data – all destinations
N&P historic data – all destinations