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.
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)
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)
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