Recycled paper export report: September 2020

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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

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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)

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 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)

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

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

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