Recycled paper export report: November 2020

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Recovered fibre exports from the UK worldwide dropped in November 2020, the latest HMRC data shows.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

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Exports of OCC dropped to 161,284 tonnes in November 2020 from 176,921 tonnes in October, but this was still the second best month since March.

Turkey was the primary destination in November taking 40,502 tonnes up from October’s 32,120 tonnes.

This was followed by Malaysia’s 30,287 tonnes, which was lower than the 37,725 tonnes exported there in October.

India imported 23,355 tonnes of UK material in November, a small increase on 22,997 tonnes a month earlier.

Vietnam wasn’t far behind with 22,885 tonnes, although this was a significant drop on 39,5999 tonnes in October.

Thailand saw 16,480 tonnes in November from the UK, falling from 17,212 tonnes the month before.

Indonesia also dropped to 12,518 tonnes from October’s 14,690 tonnes.

The EU as a whole was next importing 3,285 tonnes up from 2,983 tonnes a month earlier. Netherlands was the main destination here with 1,312 tonnes, down from October’s 1,881 tonnes. Exports to Germany increased sharply to 1,127 tonnes from 229 tonnes the month before.

China imported just 2,770 tonnes as the last shipments before the ban left the UK. This was down from 7,361 tonnes in October.

Taiwan was the only other destination taking more than 1,000 tonnes with it importing 1,575 tonnes in November, more than doubling October’s 774 tonnes.

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

Mixed paper exports fell to 126,023 tonnes in November from 139,621 tonnes in October. It still represented the second best month of the year though after the annual high seen a month earlier.

India by far led the way with 48,845 tonnes, just a touch higher than October’s 48,493 tonnes. It also meant it was the best month for exports to India since March.

The entirety of the EU was next with 31,298 tonnes, just a bit lower than October’s 32,899 tonnes.

Most of this went to the Netherlands, with 19,508 tonnes which was slightly lower than 19,735 tonnes in the previous month. Germany also fell to 7,688 tonnes in November from 8,468 tonnes a month earlier. France was also a touch lower at 2,426 tonnes from October’s 2,570 tonnes. Belgium dropped to 1,142 tonnes compared to 1,347 tonnes in October.

Thailand was the next best destination with 17,511 tonnes, an increase on October’s 14,326 tonnes.

Vietnam fell to 12,781 tonnes just a little lower than 13,161 tonnes the month before.

Despite being banned, 5,450 tonnes still found its way to China, down from 17,972 tonnes in the previous month.

Indonesia followed this with 4,203 tonnes, which was better than October’s 3,125 tonnes.

Pakistan almost doubled to 2,180 tonnes from 1,101 tonnes the month before.

There was a big drop to Taiwan with it importing 1,975 tonnes compared to 6,125 tonnes in October.

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

This grade dropped to 12,850 tonnes in November from 16,857 tonnes in the preceding month. It was the third weakest month of 2013.

India was the prominent buyer with 5,990 tonnes, up a touch on October’s 5,882 tonnes.

This was followed by the EU with 4,393 tonnes, which was lower than 4,796 tonnes in the month before. Spain was the only EU destination importing more than 1,000 tonnes with it taking 1,754 tonnes, up from 1,169 tonnes in October.

Thailand was the only other destination of significance with it importing 1,254 tonnes up from just 354 tonnes in the month before.

OCC historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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