Overall, figures from the latest HMRC export data showed that most countries decided to buy more OCC and mixed paper throughout January, while news & pams saw some decreases.
OCC – Commodity Code 470410
As UK exports of OCC decreased sharply in December 2018, January witnessed a major revival in the amount being sent abroad.
Globally, 249,126 tonnes was exported. This is a big improvement on December’s figure of 187,172 tonnes.
China remained the dominant buyer, importing 160,099 tonnes in January. This is an improvement on last month’s number of 120,854 tonnes. It is also an increase on this month last year when 130,276 was purchased.
Indonesia purchased its highest amount of this material that we have on our records, which date back to 2012. In January, it purchased 20,893 tonnes, up from 11,025 tonnes in December, and 8,511 tonnes in January 2018.
Vietnam nearly tripled the quantity of OCC it imported, buying 12,377 tonnes, up from 4,745 tonnes. However, this is significantly down on January 2018, when 55,726 tonnes was imported.
India was the only country to reduce the amount of OCC it imported, buying 11,813 tonnes, down on December when it purchased 14,607 tonnes. It is also the lowest figure since December 2017 and is down on last January when 33,382 tonnes was exported to the country.
The EU imported 10,050 tonnes, its highest amount since October 2017 (13,695 tonnes), and is up on last month when it bought 6,238 tonnes. Germany was the main buyer (4,186 tonnes), followed by the Netherlands (3,759 tonnes).
OCC key destinations (47071000)
Mixed Paper – Commodity Code 470790
Globally, mixed paper increased from 122,666 tonnes in December to 129,428 tonnes in January.
Interestingly, China remained the key buyer, despite banning this material. It purchased, 44,435 tonnes, up from 36,532 tonnes. This is the highest figure since August 2017 (69,577 tonnes).
India kept with its trend as it slightly reduced the import of mixed paper in January, buying 32,823 tonnes, down from 33,227 tonnes. However, this is still an increase on January 2018 (26,605 tonnes).
The UK exported 22,637 tonnes to the EU this month, up from December’s figure of 19,943 tonnes. It is also marginally higher than January 2018 (22,555 tonnes).
Indonesia purchased 17,110 tonnes, up from 14,000 tonnes last month. However, this is down on this month last year when it imported 18,293 tonnes.
Vietnam imported 5,299 tonnes, up slightly from 5,147 tonnes.
Mixed paper key destinations (47079010)
News & Pams – Commodity Code 470730
The UK exported 22,302 tonnes of News and Pams throughout January, down from 25,097 tonnes in December.
A total of 7,174 tonnes was imported by the EU in January, making it the best buyer of this material this month. It is also a slight increase on last month (7,117 tonnes).
China imported 1,526 tonnes, down from 2,517 tonnes in December. This is the lowest amount this country has bought according to our database.
Last month, Hong Kong bought zero amounts of this materials. This month, it only purchased 187 tonnes.
Indonesia decreased its purchase this month, buying 6,403 tonnes, down from 7,741 tonnes.
India also decreased its purchase this month, down from 5,938 tonnes to 4,930 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