Paper/cardboard exports were broadly stable in March, with the exception of mixed paper that was down on February.
A total of 189,036 tonnes of OCC was exported, up from February’s 183,765 tonnes.
News & pams exports were down a touch, but not so much to suggest that they were effectively unchanged. A total of 36,211 tonnes was exported in March, compared to 36,468 tonnes in February.
Mixed though dropped to 147,159 tonnes in March, from February’s 167,974 tonnes.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
For the third month in a row, India was the dominant destination in March. It increased its purchases to 64,791 tonnes from 45,596 tonnes in February. This made it the strongest month since January 2021.
After India, the next best destination was the entire European Union with 35,330 tonnes, down from 43,844 tonnes in February. Of this, 14,014 went to the Netherlands (16,141 tonnes in February), 10,005 tonnes to Germany (13,386 tonnes in February), 8,093 tonnes to France (7,135 in February), 1,195 tonnes to Finland (384 tonnes in February) and 1,042 tonnes to Belgium (1,470 tonnes in February).
Exports to Turkey fell to 31,463 tonnes in March from 34,671 tonnes the month before.
Malaysian imports from the UK were virtually unchanged at 18,004 tonnes in March compared to 13,693 tonnes the previous month.
Indonesia was only just behind with March’s 17,400 tonnes, rising from 13,693 tonnes in February.
Vietnam dropped to 12,782 tonnes from February’s 14,439 tonnes.
Exports to Thailand almost halved to 6,725 tonnes from 12,676 tonnes in February.
Singapore imported 1,555 tonnes from just 250 tonnes the month before.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Like OCC, India was the main destination for mixed paper exports in March. A total of 56,680 tonnes went there, stronger than February’s 46,791 tonnes.
The EU as a whole was next falling to 43,762 tonnes from 47,015 tonnes in February. Of this, the Netherlands was the key destination with 27,088 tonnes up a bit from February’s 26,742 tonnes. Germany was next with 9,016 tonnes (12,399 tonnes in February), France with 4,267 tonnes (4,010 tonnes in February), and Spain took 2,307 tonnes (1,975 tonnes in February).
Exports to Vietnam fell in March to 20,637 tonnes from 28,422 tonnes in February.
Thailand also dropped to 16,158 tonnes from 32,515 tonnes in February.
Indonesia was also down with 5,024 tonnes in March, from 10,272 tonnes in the previous month.
Malaysia increased though to 2,085 tonnes from just 823 in the earlier month.
Singapore jumped from nothing in February to 1,750 tonnes in March.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
India edged just ahead of the EU this month with 16,805 tonnes in March, up from 10,991 tonnes in February.
The EU as a whole imported 15,933 tonnes falling from 20,496 tonnes in the previous month. Germany was the main buyer with 11,790 tonnes, dropping though from February’s 13,525 tonnes. The Netherlands also fell to 2,945 tonnes from 4,118 tonnes. France was a little lower at 1,050 tonnes compared to February’s 1,138 tonnes.
Turkey was the only other significant destination with 1,203 tonnes from 1,967 tonnes in February.
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