Recycling export report: paper (June 2019)

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June 2019 was not a bad month for exports of recyclable paper, according to the latest HMRC export data.

OCC was up on the month before, as were news & pam. However, mixed paper exports were lower than in May.

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OCC – Commodity code 470710

Global exports of OCC were 189,234 tonnes in June, up from 178,870 tonnes in May. It was lower though than June 2018, when a total of 198,114 tonnes of OCC left UK shores.

China retained its role as the dominant destination with 59,660 tonnes, down significantly on May when 76,064 tonnes was exported. This was a massive drop on June 2018’s 135,137 tonnes.

India helped to fill some of this gap with 48,227 tonnes, up significantly on May’s 31,561 tonnes. This was the strongest month for exports to India since the record 54,003 tonnes went there in March 2018.

Turkey has come from nowhere and took its highest ever total of 46,039 tonnes – an increase on 27,710 tonnes in May.

EU countries imported 10,950 tonnes of UK OCC in June, up from 8,871 tonnes in May. Of these, 7,337 tonnes went to Netherlands ports.

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

Exports of the mixed paper grade fell in June compared to May. A total of 104,567 tonnes was exported in June, down from 117,715 tonnes in May.

Exports to India actually increased in June reaching 34,346 tonnes, from 33,567 tonnes in May.

EU exports of this grade fell to 25,489 tonnes in June, compared to 27,986 tonnes in May.

Despite not being permitted, 16,465 tonnes was sent to China, down from 24,790 tonnes in May.

Indonesian imports of UK material were virtually unchanged at 8,525 tonnes from 8,553 the month before.

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 4704

This grade saw a small increase in exports in June compared to May.

A total of 25,374 tonnes left the UK compared to 24,346 tonnes a month earlier.

As a whole, the EU was the main buyer with 9,796 tonnes, compared to 9,370 tonnes in May. Germany, with 4,330 tonnes was the dominant destination.

India’s 7,925 tonnes was the next largest, up from 7,365 the month before.

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 

Mixed paper historic data – all destinations

N&P historic data – all destinations

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