Global exports of OCC fell in September for the third month running as global demand for cardboard seemed to wane, according to the latest HMRC data.
Mixed paper exports were largely stable, and this was the case with news & pam too.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
At 155,230 tonnes, global exports of OCC were the lowest since we started collecting this data in 2012.
Down from 160,428 tonnes in August and 175,970 tonnes in July, there is a definite trend of weaker exports occurring. When October’s data is published next month, it wouldn’t be a surprise if this ends up even lower than September based on the gradually slowing trade of this grade over the last few months.
China actually increased purchases in October taking 79,772 tonnes, up from 54,363 tonnes in September. In the same month of 2018, China had purchased 134,271 tonnes though – and that was actually quite a low total compared to other months of the year and previous years.
India continued to be the next best destination importing 33,391 tonnes, down a little on August’s 36,704 tonnes.
The next best destination was Indonesia, with 11,787 tonnes up from 8,577 tonnes in August.
This was followed by Turkey, with it taking 9,337 tonnes, down significantly on August’s 34,953 tonnes. This was the lowest amount bought by Turkey since December.
Exports to the EU were at 7,683 tonnes, down from 10,344 tonnes a month earlier. With 4,708 tonnes, Netherlands was the main destination, although much of this is likely to have been sent elsewhere.
Thailand improved its purchases in September, taking 4,414 tonnes, compared to 2,462 tonnes in August.
However, exports to Vietnam fell to 2,724 tonnes from 6,023 tonnes a month earlier.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Exports of mixed paper fell just a touch in September to 133,232 tonnes from 134,329 tonnes in August.
India remained the predominant purchaser taking 60,883 tonnes of this, but this was down from 66,854 tonnes the month before.
Although it remains banned to import mixed paper in China, it still managed to buy 23,655 tonnes up from 17,479 tonnes in August.
EU was the next biggest buyer with 22,411 tonnes up from 19,304 tonnes a month earlier.
While 9,257 tonnes went to Netherlands and could have been in transition, 8,291 tonnes was sent to Germany and 3,763 tonnes to France.
Indonesia was the next biggest buyer with 11,100 tonnes after not buying at all in August.
This was followed by Thailand’s 5,790 tonnes, Taiwan’s 4,475 tonnes, and Pakistan’s 2,073 tonnes.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
A total of 22,577 tonnes of this grade was exported in September, up a small amount on August’s 21,363 tonnes.
India was the key destination with 9,334 tonnes, up from 8,225 tonnes in August.
This was followed by EU buyers with 5,698 tonnes broadly equivalent to August’s 5,669 tonnes.
Germany took 2,230 tonnes of this total, down from 2,770 tonnes in August, while France’s 1,854 tonnes was an improvement on its 1,191 tonnes a month earlier.
Thailand was the next strongest destination with 2,575 tonnes, up from 1,185 tonnes in August.
OCC historic data – all destinations
Mixed paper historic data – all destinations
N&P historic data – all destinations