Only exports of OCC increased in June, with mixed paper and news & pam grades all lower than in May.
A total of 209,507 tonnes of OCC left the UK in June, up from 177,840 tonnes in May. In fact, this made it the best month for OCC exports since May 2021.
However, mixed paper exports dropped to 113,235 tonnes in June from May’s 134,813 tonnes. This made it the worst month since June 2020.
News & pams also fell to 27,115 tonnes in June, compared to May’s 33,848 tonnes. This made it the lowest month after January so far this year.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
The largest export destination for OCC in June was the European Union. A total of 46,790 tonnes went there, up from 35,106 tonnes in May. This actually made it a record month for UK exports of OCC to the EU since our records began in 2012.
Germany took a significant 18,061 tonnes in June, up from 10,101 tonnes the month before. This was followed by The Netherlands with 11,690 tonnes (12,469 in May), France with 7,552 tonnes (6,949 in May), Spain with 5,308 tonnes (2,088 in May) and Belgium 2,102 tonnes (1,687 in May).
Only just behind the EU was India with 46,278 tonnes up from the 2022 low seen in May of 30,722 tonnes.
Vietnam was next with 38,356 tonnes in June, from 22,356 tonnes in the previous month. This was the highest total since October 2020 for Vietnam.
Thailand was next with 28,931 tonnes, up from May’s 10,722 tonnes. This was the best since October 2021.
Malaysia followed with 20,134 tonnes down just a little on May’s 21,516 tonnes.
Indonesia was next with 17,281 tonnes up from 14,260 in the preceding month.
Exports to Turkey dropped considerably though to 11,107 tonnes in June after it stocked up with 42,597 tonnes in May.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Like OCC, the main buyer of mixed in June was the EU. Exports to there were up a touch to 41,817 tonnes from 39,509 tonnes in May.
Of this, 27,465 went into The Netherlands down just a little from May’s 27,724 tonnes.
Germany was next with 9,471 tonnes (7,797 in May) followed France with 2,854 tonnes (7,797 in May) and Belgium’s 1,403 tonnes (1,189 in May).
India was the dominant destination after the EU with 32,298 tonnes, but this was significantly down on May’s 56,492 tonnes.
Exports to Vietnam increased to 13,114 tonnes in June, from 11,641 tonnes in the previous month.
Thailand was only changed a little with 10,544 tonnes compared to May’s 10,256 tonnes.
Indonesia received 5,008 tonnes in June, compared to 5,260 tonnes in the earlier month.
This was followed by Pakistan with 4,719 tonnes from May’s 1,438 tonnes. This was the first time Pakistan had gone above 4,000 tonnes in our data series.
Malaysia though virtually halved its imports to 3,850 tonnes in June, compared to 7,714 tonnes in the previous month.
Turkey brought in 1,353 tonnes in June after buying nothing in May.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
Like with the other grades in this report, the EU was the main destination for news & pams.
With 13,539 tonnes in June, it was just a little lower than May’s 13,765 tonnes. Germany took most of this with 10,060 tonnes compared to 10,449 tonnes the month before. Only The Netherlands was an otherwise significant destination with 2,206 tonnes compared to 2,445 tonnes in May.
Exports to India dropped to 11,032 tonnes from 15,185 tonnes in the previous month.
Only Turkey was left as a significant destination taking 1,196 tonnes in June, lower than May’s 1,419 tonnes.
Full historic data is available on Recycling Insights