Recycling export report: paper (January 2019)

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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 

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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)

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 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)

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 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)

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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