Recycled paper export report: January 2023

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January 2023 was a very strong month for exports of OCC and mixed paper, but weaker for news & pams.

For OCC, a total of 273,556 tonnes was exported, compared to 219,744 tonnes in December. This made it the strongest month since November 2018.

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A total of 99,885 tonnes of mixed left the UK, up from 88,695 tonnes in December.

But exports of news & pams fell to 17,236 tonnes from 19,589 tonnes in the last month of 2022.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

Malaysia imported a huge 72,846 tonnes in January from the UK, up from 54,525 tonnes in December.

India was next with 54,910 tonnes, also up from December’s 44,766 tonnes.

Vietnam followed increasing to 41,295 tonnes in January from 36,676 tonnes the month before.

Indonesia brought in 35,097 tonnes of UK OCC, almost doubling December’s 18,259 tonnes.

Thailand shot up to 28,097 tonnes, from 13,429 tonnes in the last month of last year.

Turkey imported 19,439 tonnes, down from 38,251 tonnes in December.

The EU as a whole came next with 17,125 tonnes, increasing from 13,838 tonnes in the month before. A majority went to the Netherlands with 9,540 tonnes (6,788 tonnes in December), then Germany with 4,557 tonnes (4,358 tonnes in December) and then France with 1,318 tonnes (1,273 tonnes in December).

Interestingly, the Philippines imported 3,694 tonnes in January, after no exports from the UK in December.

Despite a ban, 1,026 tonnes also went to China, after nothing went there in December.

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 was the largest destination for UK mixed in January with 29,451 tonnes, although this was down on December’s 39,965 tonnes.

Vietnam was only a touch behind with 28,960 tonnes, up from 17,911 tonnes in the previous month.

The entire EU followed with 18,662 tonnes compared to December’s 12,642 tonnes. Of this, 8,918 tonnes went to the Netherlands (5,783 tonnes in December), then 7,031 tonnes to Germany (4,737 tonnes in December), 1,105 tonnes to France (588 tonnes in December) and 1,028 tonnes to Belgium (870 tonnes in December).

Thailand was up to 8,752 tonnes in January, from 4,971 tonnes the month before.

Indonesia dropped its UK imports to 4,552 tonnes compared to December’s 6,558 tonnes.

Taiwan was just behind this with 4,125 tonnes, up from 1,475 tonnes in the last month of 2022.

Turkey brought in 2,461 tonnes, increasing from December’s 1,766 tonnes.

Malaysia fell to 1,990 tonnes, dropping from 2,340 tonnes at the end of the year.

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

The EU was the top imported of this grade in January taking 7,564 tonnes, although this was down from December’s 8,188 tonnes. Germany was the main buyer with 4,458 tonnes of this (5,128 tonnes in December), followed by the Netherlands with 1,687 tonnes (1,672 tonnes in December).

Indian imports of UK material dropped to 6,773 tonnes from December’s 9,578 tonnes.

Malaysia was the only other destination to take more than 1,000 tonnes with 1,716 tonnes after importing nothing in December.