Recycled paper export report: September 2021

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There wasn’t much difference between the volumes of OCC and mixed paper exported in September, suggesting we may have a month in the future where more mixed is exported than OCC.

A total of 157,989 tonnes of OCC was exported from the UK in September, according to the latest HMRC data. This was down from 172,375 tonnes in August. This also meant September was the second worst month of the year so far, only followed by July. Interestingly, this is perhaps a consequence of both shortages of materials and difficulties exporting.

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Mixed paper though wasn’t far behind having its best month in more than three years with 151,515 tonnes exported, up from the previous record holder of 143,768 tonnes in August.

News & pam exports fell in September to 21,204 tonnes, down from August’s 28,972 tonnes.

OCC – Commodity code 470710

Thailand was the strongest destination for OCC in September with 38,759 tonnes heading there from the UK, jumping hugely on August’s 13,253 tonnes. It was easily the most that has ever gone to Thailand from the UK too.

The EU as a whole was next with 30,819 tonnes, up from August’s 28,110 tonnes.

Of this, 9,868 went via the Netherlands, up from 7,773 tonnes in August. Germany was next with 8,464 tonnes (7,919 tonnes in August), Spain 4,139 tonnes (3,215 tonnes in August), France 3,981 tonnes (5,099 tonnes in August) and Belgium 2,610 tonnes (2,871 tonnes in August).

Vietnam imported 28,316 tonnes of UK material in September, which was a drop on August’s 37,822 tonnes.

India was barely changed with 25,386 tonnes in September and 25,782 tonnes in August.

Malaysia fell to 21,388 tonnes in September, down from 27,700 tonnes the month before.

Indonesia saw a large drop to 6,407 tonnes from 17,076 tonnes in August.

China surprised by taking 3,000 tonnes, even though exports to there are supposedly banned, although of course 1,750 tonnes also went there in August.

Turkey was the last significant destination with 2,396 tonnes in September, which was a very big drop on August’s 17,148 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

Thailand was the largest buyer of mixed in September like it was OCC. It took 42,655 tonnes compared to 33,470 tonnes in August.

In the previous four months, the EU overall had been the largest buyer of mixed paper, but now had to settle for second.

A total of 40,321 tonnes went there in September, up from 36,266 tonnes in August.

Of this, 28,618 tonnes went via the Netherlands, an increase from August’s 24,090 tonnes.

Next was Germany with 7,027 tonnes, up a bit on 6,850 tonnes in August.

France was the only other major destination with 3,506 tonnes in September, from 3,662 tonnes the month before.

The next best destination was Vietnam with 24,518 tonnes up from 21,311 tonnes a month earlier.

After that was India with 20,364 tonnes, down on August’s 26,172 tonnes.

Indonesia also fell to 14,873 tonnes, from 16,372 tonnes the month before.

Taiwan was next with 3,306 tonnes, down from 6,375 tonnes in August.

Malaysia was up to 3,232 tonnes in September compared to 2,161 tonnes in the previous month.

Pakistan was the only other significant destination with 1,661 tonnes, up a little on August’s 1,488 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

Exports to the EU of this grade fell a touch in September to 9,007 tonnes from 9,340 tonnes in August. Of this, 4,359 tonnes went to Germany, up from 3,322 tonnes the month before. The Netherlands was the only other significant EU destination with 2,712 tonnes, dropping from August’s 3,361 tonnes.

India followed the EU with 8,195 tonnes, down from 9,062 tonnes the month before.

Turkey also fell to 2,125 tones from August’s 5,178 tonnes.

OCC historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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