Recycled paper export report: March 2022

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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.

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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)

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

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)

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 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.

Full historic data is available on Recycling Insights

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