Recycled paper export report: September 2019

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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.

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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)

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

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)

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

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



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