Overall, OCC and mixed paper export figures from the latest HMRC export data were up in August, with the majority of countries choosing to purchase more than in July.
However, news & pams saw some countries buying more and some less.
OCC – Commodity Code 470710
OCC increased throughout August with destinations choosing to increase the amount they purchased from the UK.
This is probably a reflection of Chinese demand improving as a result of fears over 2019 quotas, plus high prices for local material.
China imports from the UK increased in August to the highest figure so far this year, buying 144,777 tonnes, up from 133,893 tonnes in July. This is also up from the 117,351 tonnes imported in August last year.
Globally, a total of 191,332 tonnes was exported from the UK in August, up from the 175,043 tonnes in July and the August 2017 figure of 166,123 tonnes.
EU imports rose from 4,642 tonnes in July to 6,034 tonnes in August. Although this was still one of the lowest figures so far this year.
Germany was the best European buyer of OCC this month purchasing 3,195 tonnes, more than double the tonnes it bought in July (1,237 tonnes). This is followed by the Netherlands (1,717 tonnes).
India increased the quantity it imported from the UK, buying 17,656 tonnes, up from July when It bought only 14,490 tonnes.
Vietnam sharply decreased the amount it purchased this month, importing just 5,911 tonnes, down from July (8,431 tonnes), and significantly down from the August 2017 figure of 16,737 tonnes.
Indonesia purchased 6,356 tonnes, up from July (4,872 tonnes).
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed paper – Commodity Code 470790
Globally, mixed paper exports sharply increased in August, as 96,722 tonnes was exported. This is up from July when 89,153 tonnes was exported from the UK. However, this is significantly down on August 2017 when the import figure was 133,580 tonnes.
The EU remained the best buyer of mixed paper this month, importing 27, 513 tonnes up from 22,385 tonnes in July.
Indonesia imported its highest amount of mixed paper from the UK this year so far, buying 24,614 tonnes, up considerably from July (17,105 tonnes), and from August last year when it only imported 7,829 tonnes.
Although this material is banned in China, the HMRC data showed that August saw an increase in the purchase of this material, up from 13,655 tonnes in July to 16,471 tonnes.
India imported its lowest amount of mixed paper so far this year, as the UK exported just 16,960 tonnes, down dramatically from the July number of 20,942 tonnes.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity Code 470730
The UK exported a total of 28,361 tonnes of news & pams throughout August. This is down from July when it exported 31,285 tonnes.
China remained the dominant buyer of this material, and although it purchased 11,329 tonnes, this is down from July when the number was 15,431 tonnes.
The EU was the second strongest importer, buying 6,823 tonnes, but down on July when the UK exported 8,091 tonnes.
Hong Kong more than doubled the quantity it imported from the UK this month, buying 1,489 tonnes, up from July when it bought just 659 tonnes.
Indonesia also doubled the amount it bought, purchasing 2,808 tonnes, when in July it imported just 1,129 tonnes.
India fell from 4,776 tonnes to 4,369 tonnes.
N&P key destinations (470730)
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