Recycled paper export report: February 2021

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The latest HMRC data shows that February 2021 was a stronger month than January for exports of OCC, news & pam and mixed paper.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

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A stronger month was seen for OCC with it actually being the best month since January 2019.

With 220,705 tonnes exported in February 2021, this was up on the good 209,933 tonnes exported in January.

When compared with the 12 months of last year, March 2020’s 220,316 tonnes split January and February this year, but the other 11 months were generally much lower than this. So far, 2021 has been a strong year for exports.

Leading the way was Turkey with 42,282 tonnes up from 33,587 tonnes in January. This was the best month for Turkey since May 2020 when 50,359 tonnes was exported there.

Not far behind was Malaysia with 42,154 tonnes up from January’s 29,563 tonnes.

Next was India with 40,837 tonnes, which was actually quite a large fall when compared with January’s 67,045 tonnes but was still strong when compared to monthly tonnages last year.

Indonesia was next with 26,726 tonnes, increasing from 15,311 tonnes in the first month of the year.

A total of 24,955 tonnes left the UK for Vietnam, a little stronger than January’s 23,410 tonnes.

Thailand received 21,983 tonnes, up from January’s 19,048 tonnes.

The EU as a whole took 16,020 tonnes, with the Netherlands (6,475 tonnes down from 7,098 tonnes), France (3,889 tonnes up from 1,228), Germany (2,085 tonnes up from 961 tonnes) and Spain (1,591 tonnes down from 2,030 tonnes) the dominant destinations.

Exports to Taiwan fell from 7,210 tonnes in January to 2,348 tonnes in February.

But exports to Pakistan rose to 1,686 tonnes in February compared to just 236 tonnes in January.

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

Like OCC, it was a stronger month for exports of mixed paper in February 2021, but only just.

A total of 128,305 tonnes left the UK compared to 126,498 tonnes in January.

India was easily the dominant destination taking 57,039 tonnes, which was lower than January’s 67,355 tonnes.

Thailand was next with 30,963 tonnes, up from 22,999 tonnes in January. For more than three months, Thailand has imported more than 20,000 tonnes of UK OCC, with December tonnage at 27,672 tonnes.

As a whole, the EU was next with 20,219 tonnes, rising from 12,271 tonnes in January. 14,673 tonnes of this went to the Netherlands, up from 8,672 tonnes in January. Germany was next strongest with 4,015 tonnes up from 2,283 tonnes.

Indonesia was next with 6,996 tonnes, which was exactly the same as January.

Vietnam’s imports of UK material rose in February to 6,075 tonnes, up from 3,262 tonnes in the previous month.

Exports to Malaysia of mixed were at 4,196 tonnes, up from 3,451 tonnes in January.

The only other destination of note was Pakistan with 2,133 tonnes, which increased from January’s 1,428 tonnes.

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 improved to 15,820 tonnes in February compared to 12,909 tonnes a month earlier.

India imported almost half of this with 7,077 tonnes, up from 5,653 tonnes in January.

Next was the EU with 3,276 tonnes from 814 tonnes in January. Of this, the Netherlands took 1,225 tonnes and France 1,091 tonnes.

Indonesia imported 2,611 tonnes up from January’s 754, while Thailand dropped to 1,175 tonnes from 2,365 in the previous month.

OCC historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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