Recycling export report: paper (August 2018)

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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. 

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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)

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 

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)

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 

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)

wdt_ID Date China Hong Kong India Indonesia EU total
1 01/12/2017 4,109,684 2,891,240 5,750,650 1,196,290 7,208,623
2 01/11/2017 22,701,293 854,064 6,427,402 2,439,980 6,360,676
3 01/10/2017 9,878,248 2,237,977 4,495,196 4,133,030 7,631,169
4 01/09/2017 10,441,460 593,225 1,422,481 2,950,660 7,715,215
5 01/01/2018 8,524,061 1,958,580 7,465,626 2,193,538 6,699,157
6 01/02/2018 8,068,680 1,397,100 6,475,890 3,724,600 6,653,235
7 01/03/2018 7,895,400 2,116,520 16,849,145 2,073,660 6,505,887
8 01/04/2018 7,804,741 2,645,300 14,271,690 8,301,805 6,904,991
9 01/05/2018 17,523,240 303,650 8,586,135 1,655,540 7,265,323
10 01/06/2018 13,436,260 3,619,580 5,707,480 2,799,660 2,028,904

 

OCC Historic Data – all destinations 

OCC exports 2018

OCC exports 2017

OCC exports 2016

OCC exports 2015

OCC exports 2014

OCC exports 2013

OCC exports 2012

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

Mixed paper 2018

Mixed paper 2017

N&P historic data – all destinations

N&P 2018

N&P 2017

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