Recycled paper export report: December 2022

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The last month of 2022 was one of contrasts. While OCC had a good month, and news and pams was up, mixed suffered a sharp fall in export volumes.

A total of 219,744 tonnes of OCC left the UK in December, increasing from November’s 190,616 tonnes. This made it the best month since February 2021.

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For news & pams, there was also more exported, with the total rising to 19,589 tonnes from 19,042 tonnes in November.

But exports of mixed dropped in December to 88,695 tonnes from 110,690 tonnes in the previous month. This made it the worst month since August last year.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

Malaysia was easily the best destination for OCC in December taking 54,525 tonnes, increasing from November’s 38,744 tonnes.

India came next with 44,766 tonnes, up from 31,688 tonnes in November.

Turkey imported 38,251 tonnes of UK material in December, dropping from 52,933 tonnes in the previous month.

Not far behind was Vietnam with 36,676 tonnes, increasing from 29,345 tonnes in November.

Indonesia followed with 18,259 tonnes, up from 11,012 tonnes in the month before.

The EU as a whole slumped to 13,838 tonnes from 19,083 tonnes in November. Of this, 6,788 tonnes went to the Netherlands (7,679 tonnes in November), 4,357 tonnes to Germany (5,140 tonnes in November), and 1,273 tonnes to France (3,824 tonnes in November).

Thailand was just behind the EU with 13,429 tonnes, increasing from 7,173 tonnes in the preceding month.

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

India remained the key destination for mixed in December, although it dropped to 39,965 tonnes compared to 50,967 tonnes in November.

Vietnam was next with 17,911 tonnes, only marginally lower than 17,992 tonnes in the month before.

The EU saw a sharp slump to just 12,642 tonnes, compared to November’s 23,307 tonnes. The Netherlands took 5,783 tonnes of this (14,285 tonnes in November) and Germany 4,737 tonnes (5,935 in November).

Indonesia was next with 6,558 tonnes, up from 5,530 tonnes in the previous month.

December saw 4,971 tonnes go to Thailand, down from 5,563 tonnes in November.

Malaysia took 2,340 tonnes in December, falling from 3,784 tonnes in the earlier month.

Turkey followed with 1,766 tonnes, an increase on 1,358 tonnes in the penultimate month of 2022.

Taiwan was next with 1,475 tonnes, almost doubling from November’s 750 tonnes.

Pakistan bought 1,013 tonnes of UK material, also down from 1,239 tonnes 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

India took most of this grade in December 2022 with 9,578 tonnes, up from 6,036 tonnes in the month before.

Otherwise, the EU was the only other significant destination with 8,188 tonnes, which dropped from 11,764 tonnes in November. Of this, 5,128 tonnes went to Germany, lower than November’s 8,027 tonnes. The Netherlands also took 1,672 tonnes, again a fall on 2,166 tonnes seen in the month before.