Recycled paper export report: July 2021

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OCC exports dropped significantly in July, but almost as much mixed paper was exported in the same month.

A total of 151,969 tonnes of OCC was exported, down from 177,896 tonnes in June. This was actually the lowest total since June 2020.

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It was a different picture for mixed paper though, with 143,345 tonnes in July, up from 124,503 tonnes in the preceding month. This made it the best month in over three years.

News & pam exports were also down on the preceding month with 21,665 tonnes leaving the UK, compared to June’s 34,128 tonnes.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

July was a poor month compared to June, but this was possibly due to low arisings of OCC than weak demand.

As a whole, the EU was the main destination this month with 29,829 tonnes, albeit down from 32,859 tonnes in June. Of this, 9,564 tonnes went to the Netherlands (11,390 tonnes in June), 8,930 tonnes to Germany (11,129 tonnes in June), 4,352 tonnes to France (3,879 tonnes in June), 2,740 tonnes to Spain (1,326 tonnes in June) and 2,661 tonnes to Belgium (2,329 tonnes in June).

India was next best with 25,949 tonnes, but falling from 29,932 tonnes in the preceding month.

Vietnam imported 24,512 tonnes of UK material, increasing from 18,089 tonnes in June.

Turkey’s imports more than halved to 23,385 tonnes in July compared to 51,639 tonnes in the month before.

Malaysia followed this with 17,700 tonnes up from 12,303 tonnes in June.

Indonesia dropped to 17,565 tonnes in July, falling from 26,628 tonnes in the earlier month.

A total of 10,779 tonnes went to Thailand, doubling from June’s 5,893 tonnes.

Taiwan imported 1,116 tonnes up from just 42 tonnes in June.

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

As in June, the EU was the strongest destination for mixed paper taking 41,520 tonnes, almost identical to 41,466 tonnes the month before. 27,067 tonnes of this went to the Netherlands (25,625 in June), while Germany imported 8,873 tonnes (10,013 tonnes in June), and France 3,459 tonnes (3,987 tonnes in June).

Thailand was next best, taking 31,184 tonnes of UK mixed, increasing substantially on June’s 12,991 tonnes.

Not far behind in July was India with 30,622 tonnes, only a touch down on 31,697 tonnes in the month before.

Vietnam was up to 19,512 tonnes, from June’s 13,106 tonnes.

Indonesia dropped to 12,733 tonnes in July, down from June’s 15,922 tonnes.

Malaysia was only a little bit lower with 3,957 tonnes, from 4,062 tonnes in the preceding month.

Pakistan imported 1,305 tonnes of UK material, from 1,684 tonnes in June. This means the country has now taken more than 1,000 tonnes per month for the past three months. However, overall volumes have eased during those months.

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 was the dominant buyer of this grade in July with 9,904 tonnes, although this was substantially down on June’s 16,037 tonnes.

The EU as a total was next with 6,675 tonnes, falling from June’s 8,341 tonnes. Of this, 2,282 tonnes went to Germany (2,195 tonnes in June), 2,175 tonnes to the Netherlands (2,858 tonnes in June), and 1,334 tonnes to France (2,123 tonnes in June).

Malaysia was the only other significant destination with 2,716 tonnes, down from June’s 3,703 tonnes.

OCC historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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