According to the latest HMRC data, exports of mixed paper jumped in July compared to June, while OCC dropped and news & pams was stable.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
Exports of OCC dropped by around 13,000 tonnes in July compared to June.
At 175,970 tonnes in July, this was lower than 189,234 tonnes in June.
Interestingly, exports to China and India both increased in July.
Although low historically, exports to China increased to 68,161 tonnes in July from 59,660 tonnes compared to a month earlier.
A total of 55,184 tonnes went to India in July, up from 48,227 tonnes in June. This was the highest monthly total sent to India since our records of this data began in 2012. Monthly exports to India have now grown in every month of 2019. Just 11,813 tonnes was exported to India in January of this year.
The main reason the overall total of global exports fell in July was because tonnage to Turkey dropped significantly.
After a huge 46,039 tonnes was sent there from the UK in June, this dropped to 16,705 tonnes in July.
With Turkey taking more than 10,000 tonnes in each month this year, it should now be considered a major destination for OCC. This is especially interesting when not a single month occurred previously where more than 10,000 tonnes was sent there. Indeed, before 2017 it was a rare month when any tonnage went there.
After Turkey, the EU as a whole was the next largest destination, with 11,016 tonnes, a touch higher than June’s 10,950 tonnes.
At 6,019 tonnes, Netherlands was the main destination, although this could be transitional tonnage.
France took 2,055 tonnes and Germany 1,942 tonnes.
Exports to Indonesia increased in July to 10,716 tonnes up from 6,450 tonnes in June.
Taiwan’s 4,117 tonnes was also up from 1,884 tonnes in June.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Exports of mixed paper jumped in July to 130,300 tonnes compared to 104,567 tonnes in June. This was the strongest month since April.
India was the main destination taking 51,598 tonnes of this compared to 34,346 tonnes in June. This was the most taken by India since April 2018.
The next best destination was the whole of the EU with 32,459 tonnes up from 25,489 tonnes a month earlier. Of the countries within it, the Netherlands (11,749 tonnes) was a touch above Germany (11,729 tonnes). Both were up on the approximately 9,500 tonnes they imported in June. France also increased its imports to 5,638 tonnes from 3,500 a month before.
China imported 20,263 tonnes in July up from 16,465 tonnes in June.
Indonesia was the next best destination at 12,304 tonnes from June’s 8,525 tonnes.
Next was Taiwan with 4,525 tonnes, which was down from 6,253 tonnes a month earlier.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
There was little change in news & pams exports in July compared to the month before.
Exports were largely stable at 25,369 tonnes from 25,374 tonnes in June.
India again took the most with 9,011 tonnes, up from 7,925 tonnes compared to June.
The next best destination was the EU as a whole with 6,776 tonnes, up from 9,796 tonnes in June. Germany’s 3,579 tonnes was the best EU destination, although this fell from 4,330 tonnes in June.
Thailand imported 4,266 tonnes in July up from 2,402 tonnes the month before.
Indonesia increased its purchases to 2,503 tonnes from 474 tonnes in June.
OCC historic data – all destinations
Mixed paper historic data – all destinations
N&P historic data – all destinations