Recycling export report: paper (January 2018)

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The latest export data is of particular interest as it represents the first month under which the Chinese ban of mixed paper was enforced.

And the results are surprising. See more below for more information.

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The data for January is also interesting because of the purchasing patterns of Vietnam and India and an unusual month for China.

OCC – commodity code 470710

According to the latest HMRC export data, a total of 236,540 tonnes was exported from the UK in January 2018.

This was an improvement on the 229,315 tonnes exported in December, and also much better than January 2017’s 212,938 tonnes.

But the split of where the material was being sent was unusual in January this year.

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

A total of 130,276 tonnes was sent to China in the first month of this year, down from 169,797 tonnes in December, and reflects perhaps the restricted import quotas that have been reported since the beginning of the year.

Indeed, this is a decent fall from 177,995 tonnes exported from the UK to China in January 2017.

So where has all this extra tonnage gone?

Well Vietnam’s 55,726 tonnes was the best month on record, beating the previous high of 50,490 tonnes seen in October 2017.

It was also a dramatic increase on December’s 34,109 tonnes, and of course, vastly better than 6,694 tonnes exported in January 2017.

But India was also a major buyer of OCC in January taking 33,382 tonnes.

This blows out of the water the previous high we have seen since collecting this data at the beginning of 2012. In April 2017, 19,477 tonnes was exported to India, which represented the previous high.

In December, just 8,423 tonnes was shipped to India, and in January 2017 12,191 tonnes was exported there, so this is a huge jump in exports compared to the norm.

Indonesia was the next strongest destination with 8,511 tonnes up from 6,773 tonnes in December. This was also an improvement on January 2017 when 5,900 tonnes was exported.

Europe’s 6,410 tonnes was the next best, but was a slight fall on December’s 6,969 tonnes. But this was much better than January 2017 when just 3,328 tonnes was dispatched to Europe.

The Netherlands received the lion’s share of the material with 3,936 tonnes in January.

Mixed paper – commodity code 470790

With this commodity code now banned by the Chinese Government, you’d expect exports there to have fallen to a trickle right?

Well that wasn’t the case.

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

China took 19,743 tonnes in January, down from 22,529 tonnes in December. This is still a surprise, but could be down to delayed data.

India was the largest destination with 26,605 tonnes exported from the UK to there in January, up from 16,168 tonnes in December.

Next best was Europe with 22,555 tonnes, again up from December’s 15,069 tonnes.

However, exports to Indonesia fell in January to 18,178 tonnes from 28,701 tonnes the month before.

Shippings of mixed paper to Vietnam were largely stable in January at 5,635 tonnes, from 5,767 tonnes in the last month of 2017.

N&P key destinations (470730)

China was the key market for news & pam in January with exports from the UK to there reaching 8,524 tonnes from 4,109 tonnes in December.

Next best was Europe taking 6,699 tonnes, down from 7,465 tonnes in December.

This was followed by Indonesia with 2,193 tonnes, up from 1,196 tonnes a month earlier.

Exports to Hong Kong fell in January to 1,958 tonnes from 2,891 tonnes in December.

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 2017

OCC exports 2016

OCC exports 2015

OCC exports 2014

OCC exports 2013

OCC exports 2012

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