Recycling export report: Paper (December 2018)

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Overall, figures from the latest HMRC export data showed that countries bought more mixed paper throughout December, while OCC and News and Pams saw a mixture of both increases and decreases. 

OCC – Commodity Code 470710 

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Exports of OCC from the UK saw some major decreases throughout December with countries choosing not to import as much compared to November. 

Globally, 180,313 tonnes of OCC was sent abroad from the UK. This is a significant drop from last month when 287,812 tonnes was exported, and is also the lowest figure since July 2018.  

China remained the dominant buyer of this material, importing 120,854 tonnes. However, this is down on November’s figure of 187,172 tonnes and is the lowest quantity since April 2018. It is also a decrease from this month last year when 169,797 tonnes was exported.  

India more than halved the amount it purchased last month, importing just 14,607 tonnes, down from 36,224 tonnes. 

Indonesia was the only key destination to purchase more of this material, importing 11,025 tonnes, up from November’s 6,607 tonnes. It is also the highest figure imported by the country for 2018 and is higher than in December 2017 (6,773 tonnes).  

Vietnam reduced the amount it purchased, buying 4,745 tonnes, down from 5,525 tonnes last month. This is a sharp decrease from this month last year when 34,109 tonnes was exported to the country. It is also the second lowest purchase for Vietnam in 2018. 

The EU’s purchase of OCC slightly fell in December from 6,708 tonnes to 6,238 tonnes. Germany was the dominant buyer (2,869 tonnes), followed by the Netherlands (1,618 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 increased from 105,101 tonnes in November to 122,666 tonnes in December. This is also up from this month last year from 100,682 tonnes was exported.  

Surprisingly, China was the best buyer of this material, despite it being banned from the country. It purchased 36,532 tonnes and is up from last month’s figure of 21,179 tonnes. It is also up from December 2017 when 22,529 tonnes was exported.  

India improved the quantity it imported this month, buying 33,227 tonnes, up from 25,404 tonnes. It is also double the amount of December 2017 (16,168 tonnes). 

The UK exported 19,943 tonnes to the EU in December, a decrease from last month when it sent 35,268 tonnes. It is also the lowest figure for the year, but higher than December 2017 when 15,069 tonnes was purchased.  

Vietnam slightly improved the amount it imported, buying 5,147 tonnes, up from 4,836 tonnes. 

Indonesia purchased 14,000 tonnes, up from 10,882 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 and Pams – Commodity Code 470730 

The UK exported a total of 25,097 tonnes, a decline from last month when 27,072 tonnes was sent abroad.  

Indonesia was the key buyer of this material, purchasing 7,741 tonnes. This is double the amount imported in November (3,345 tonnes) and is the highest figure since May 2018. 

Hong Kong bought zero amounts of N&P in December. The last time we saw the same occurrence was in April and May 2017. This is unsurprisingly down from last month when just 2,030 tonnes was imported by the country.  

China decreased the amount it purchased by nearly a third, buying 2,517 tonnes, down from 6,694 tonnes. This is the lowest figure from the country in 2018, and also the lowest we have on our records.  

The EU slightly reduced the amount it bought, as it imported 7,117 tonnes, down from 7,946 tonnes.  

India bought 5,938 tonnes, down from 6,538 tonnes in November. 

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 2019

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 2019

Mixed paper 2018

Mixed paper 2017

N&P historic data – all destinations

N&P 2019

N&P 2018

N&P 2017

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