Recycled paper export report: December 2021

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The last month of 2021 saw increased volumes of OCC and mixed paper exported, but less news & pams.

This is according to the latest HMRC data.

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A total of 185,433 tonnes of OCC was exported in December compared to 179,563 tonnes in November.

For mixed, 142,239 tonnes left the UK in December compared to November’s 137,779 tonnes.

But exports of news & pams fell to 31,561 tonnes in December, from 35,835 tonnes in November.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

Turkey was easily the dominant destination in December 2021 with it taking 59,469 tonnes in December up from 51,758 tonnes in November. This was the best month for Turkey since December 2019.

Interestingly, December seems to have been one of the strongest months for Turkish exports over the past three years.

The entire EU was next best after Turkey with 34,424 tonnes, hardly changed from November’s 34,577 tonnes. With 12,001 tonnes in December, the Netherlands was the best European destination, although this was lower than November’s 13,476 tonnes. Germany increased UK imports to 9,877 tonnes from 8,620 tonnes in November. France though dropped to 5,328 tonnes in December compared to 6,472 tonnes a month earlier. Spain was next with 3,512 tonnes in December, up from November’s 2,423 tonnes. Poland was up a touch to 2,103 tonnes in comparison to November’s 2,057 tonnes.

India wasn’t far behind the EU importing 32,582 UK tonnes of OCC in December, up from 27,368 tonnes in November.

Malaysia dropped to 23,220 tonnes in December from 28,528 tonnes in November.

Indonesia was up though, jumping to 12,839 tonnes in December compared to November’s 7,042 tonnes.

Vietnam was down a little in December with 11,300 tonnes, from 11,568 tonnes in the preceding month.

Thailand fell to 9,594 tonnes in the last month of 2021 up from 15,595 tonnes in November.

Despite it remaining illegal, Chinese imports fell to 1,500 tonnes from 2,250 tonnes in the month before. The other weird thing about this data is that since August when Chinese data started to appear, the numbers are perfectly rounded (so August: 1,750, September: 3,000, October: 3,250, November: 2,250, December: 1,500). Very strange.

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

The EU remained the primary destination for mixed paper in December buying 40,694 tonnes, albeit this was down on November’s 43,770 tonnes.

Exports to the Netherlands were 22,639 tonnes, down from 26,508 tonnes in November. Germany was sightly up to 10,214 tonnes from 10,027 tonnes the month before. France also dropped to 4,510 tonnes compared to November’s 5,651 tonnes. Spain though was up to 1,431 tonnes, from just 285 in November.

Outside of the EU, India was the main destination with 28,703 tonnes, down from 24,080 tonnes in the preceding month.

Imports into Thailand in December dropped to 25,703 tonnes from November’s 36,579 tonnes.

Vietnam saw a big increase to 22,744 tonnes from 9,524 tonnes in November.

Indonesia was barely changed in December taking 15,466 tonnes of UK mixed, just a touch above November’s 15,255 tonnes.

Exports from the UK to Malaysia were 5,779 tonnes in December, an increase from 4,539 tonnes in the month before.

Pakistan was up to 1,186 tonnes from 941 in November.

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

Exports of this grade to the EU dropped to 18,793 tonnes in December 2021 from 24,920 tonnes in November. Germany took 11,370 tonnes in this month, lower than November’s 18,303 tonnes. The Netherlands was also down to 2,660 tonnes, compared to 4,016 in November. France increased though in December to 2,500 tonnes from 1,415 in the preceding month. Austria was also up to 1,172 tonnes from November’s 662 tonnes.

Indian imports of news & pams dropped to 6,300 tonnes from November’s 8,090 tonnes.

Malaysia jumped to 2,949 tonnes from just 757 in November.

Exports to Indonesia also increased to 1,416 tonnes in December compared to 642 in the month before.

Turkey more than doubled in December to 1,390 tonnes from 654 tonnes in November.

OCC historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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