Overall, figures from the latest HMRC data showed that exports of OCC and mixed paper improved in April, while news & pams saw some decreases.
OCC – Commodity code 470710
Globally, 190,452 tonnes of this material was sent abroad from the UK, this is an increase on March when it exported 186,492 tonnes.
China remained the best buyer of OCC this month, as it imported 105,440 tonnes. However, this is slightly down on last month’s figure of 107,036 tonnes, and a decrease on April 2018 (114,351 tonnes).
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India increased the amount it purchased, as it imported 37,104 tonnes, up from 24,778 tonnes last month. This is the highest quantity since March 2018, and higher than this month last year (26,155 tonnes).
Indonesia decreased its import of this material by over half, as it purchased 7,337 tonnes, down from 16,175 tonnes. This is the lowest amount so far this year, but slightly higher than April 2018 when it bought 6,143 tonnes.
Vietnam reduced its amount of OCC as it imported 1,695 tonnes, down from last month when it purchased 4,174 tonnes.
The EU imported 11,734 tonnes, up from 8,580 tonnes in March. The Netherlands was the best buyer (5,595 tonnes), followed by Germany (2,537 tonnes).
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity code 470790
Globally, mixed paper exports sharply increased throughout April, as the UK exported 134,025 tonnes, up from last month’s figure of 125,216 tonnes.
The trend of China being the best buyer of this material continued this month, despite this material being banned in the country. It imported 45,992 tonnes, up from 40,919 tonnes in March. This is the highest amount we have on our records for China’s importation of this material and is a significant jump from April 2018 (12,467 tonnes).
Indonesia was the only key destination to decrease its purchasing of mixed paper as it bought 12,624 tonnes, down from 20,490 tonnes. This is also down on April 2018 when it imported 16,487 tonnes.
India bought 35,909 tonnes, an increase from March’s figure of 30,092 tonnes. However, this is down on April 2018 when it bought 43,863 tonnes.
The UK exported 20,619 tonnes to the EU, slightly up from the 19,413 tonnes it sent last month.
Vietnam purchased 3,112 tonnes, up from 2,020 tonnes. However, this is over half of what it imported in April 2018 (6,865 tonnes).
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity code 470430
The UK exported a total of 22,885 tonnes, a minimal decline from March when it sent 22,924 tonnes abroad.
Of this, the EU imported 8,478 tonnes, up from last month’s 7,077 tonnes. It was also the best buyer of this material.
China nearly tripled the amount of this material it purchased, as it bought 1,480 tonnes, up from the 598 tonnes in March. Although, this time last month it imported 7,804 tonnes.
The pattern of Hong Kong’s importation of this material fluctuating continued this month as it bought zero amounts of this material, the same trend witnessed in February and December 2018. This is down from March when it bought 1,827 tonnes.
India bought 6,002 tonnes, a small decline from last month’s 6,606 tonnes, and majorly down on April 2018 when it imported 14,271 tonnes.
Indonesia purchased 3,733 tonnes, down from 4,129 tonnes.
N&P key destinations (470730)
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OCC historic data – all destinations
Mixed paper historic data – all destinations
N&P historic data – all destinations