According to the latest HMRC figures, exports of OCC were down a bit in September 2020, news & pam was down quite a lot on previous months, while mixed paper actually picked up.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
A total of 153,058 tonnes was exported from the UK in September 2020 for this commodity code, according to HMRC data.
This was lower than August’s 158,160 tonnes and July’s 155,840 tonnes, but was still better than any month from April to June.
Like August, Indonesia was the largest buyer of material taking 31,005 tonnes up from 28,830 tonnes a month earlier. This also made it the most Indonesia had ever imported from the UK since our records began in 2013.
Malaysia followed with 26,943 tonnes, up from 22,404 tonnes in August. This now means that the country has imported more than 20,000 tonnes for seven months in a row with July’s 35,691 tonnes the highest month this year and January’s 15,524 tonnes the lowest.
Vietnam was next with 22,528 tonnes just a touch lower than August’s 23,454 tonnes.
Turkey’s 21,692 tonnes in September was only a bit higher than 21,051 tonnes a month earlier.
India took 20,097 tonnes of UK material down a little from 21,667 tonnes the month before.
China followed this with 13,730 tonnes down from August’s 18,854 tonnes.
Then came Thailand with 9,816 tonnes which fell slightly on August’s 10,673 tonnes.
As a whole, just 3,225 tonnes went to the EU in September compared to 5,347 tonnes in August. Two thirds of this went via the Netherlands with 2,036 tonnes.
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Exports of mixed paper increased to 123,410 tonnes in September from 121,591 tonnes in August. This made it the second best month of the year so far with only July’s 125,742 tonnes higher.
India was the primary destination with 36,293 tonnes down from 39,118 tonnes in August.
As a whole, the EU followed next with 31,694 tonnes in September up from 26,432 tonnes the month before. Of this, 15,693 tonnes entered the Netherlands (14,746 tonnes in August) and 11,014 tonnes went to Germany (August: 8,750 tonnes). A further 3,641 tonnes was imported by France compared to 2,281 tonnes the month previously.
Somehow, considering it is banned, 16,325 tonnes was imported by China, up from August’s 14,300 tonnes.
Vietnam imported 13,270 tonnes of UK material up from 7,625 tonnes in August.
This was followed by Thailand’s 9,025 tonnes, which was lower than August’s 12,484 tonnes.
Indonesia was next with 6,168 tonnes in September only a small amount lower than 6,833 tonnes in the preceding month.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470730
There was a big drop in exports of news & pam in September with 12,187 tonnes leaving UK ports compared to 28,106 tonnes in August. However, it should be stressed that August was easily the best month since March.
Most of the drop was from the entire EU which fell from 16,094 tonnes in August to 4,952 tonnes in September. Indeed, this was almost entirely down to France which dropped to 1,516 tonnes from 13,125 tonnes in August.
India was the only other significant destination with 4,009 tonnes, more than halving from August’s 9,493 tonnes.
OCC historic data – all destinations
Mixed paper historic data – all destinations
N&P historic data – all destinations