After the weakest numbers we had ever recorded in May, it isn’t a surprise that exports of recycled paper were improved in June – the problem is that it wasn’t by much.
While news & pam exports improved by quite a bit, OCC and mixed were only moderately better.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
With just 118,784 tonnes exported in May, there would have been hope that June would have been better as lockdown restriction eased.
But just 125,082 tonnes were exported from the UK in June. This makes it the second lowest month since we began collecting this data in 2012 – only May was worse. It also reflects the anecdotal reports that arisings have been hard to come by.
Malaysia took the most UK material in June with 26,091 tonnes, up from 21,322 tonnes in May. It has now received more than 20,000 tonnes of UK OCC for the past four months.
Turkey was next best with 23,392 tonnes, but this was more than half of May’s 50,359 tonnes and was the lower monthly figure since February.
Indonesia was the third highest destination in June with 17,510 tonnes, up from just 3,965 tonnes in May.
This was followed by the EU as a whole with 14,692 tonnes, down from 15,974 tonnes in May. France remained the main buyer with 7,500 tonnes, which was lower than 9,722 tonnes the month before. Netherlands (June: 4,453 May: 3,938) and Germany (June: 2,368 May: 1,159) were next.
Exports to Thailand jumped in June to 13,809 tonnes from 4,694 tonnes the month before.
Vietnam also saw a good increase with 12,212 tonnes compared to May’s 5,172 tonnes.
India continued to struggle compared to the pre-Covid era with just 7,480 tonnes down from 8,950 in May.
The dying of the light ahead of the ban at the end of the year continued with China with just 7,347 tonnes, albeit higher than 6,700 tonnes in May.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Exports of mixed paper increased by a small amount to 82,834 tonnes in June from 74,687 tonnes in May.
As a total, EU countries took the most with 23,141 tonnes, down from 26,623 tonnes in May. Germany was the main buyer with 10,720 tonnes lower though than 12,026 tonnes in May.
Exports to or via the Netherlands were next best with 7,835 tonnes (May: 7,364) followed by France’s 2,317 tonnes (May: 4,105).
After the EU, India took the most with 17,752 tonnes lower though than May’s 20,495 tonnes.
Vietnam increased its purchases of mixed to 7,864 tonnes from 6,050 tonnes a month earlier.
Thailand was the same buying 7,525 tonnes in June up from 4,400 tonnes the month before.
Exports to Malaysia were also up at 6,582 tonnes from 1,932 tonnes in May.
There were also larger volumes going to Taiwan with 6,200 tonnes in June higher than May’s 4,125 tonnes.
Indonesia saw a huge jump from just 100 tonnes in May to 6,100 tonnes in June.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
There was a recovery in news & pam exports to 19,667 tonnes in June, up from the low of 7,944 tonnes in May.
Most of this went to the EU as a whole with 14,132 tonnes headed there from 3,645 tonnes in May.
Spain was the predominant buyer with 7,750 tonnes from just 246 in May. France was next best with 2,617 tonnes higher than May’s 852 tonnes. The Netherlands took 1,896 tonnes (May: 1,662) and Germany 1,107 tonnes (May: 481 tonnes).
After the EU, only India was a destination of any significance with 3,284 tonnes, up from May’s 2,472 tonnes.
OCC historic data – all destinations
Mixed paper historic data – all destinations
N&P historic data – all destinations