Recycling export report: paper (March 2019)

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Overall, figures from the latest HMRC export data showed that mixed paper and OCC decreased in demand in March, while news & pams saw some big improvements in the amount countries were importing.  

OCC – Commodity code 470710 

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Globally, 186,492 tonnes was sent abroad from the UK. This is down on last month when 189,506 tonnes was exported.  

Although China still remained the dominant buyer of this material, purchasing 107,036 tonnes, this is a decrease on February when it bought 109,459 tonnes. This is also significantly down on March 2018, when it imported 139,687 tonnes. 

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Vietnam halved the amount of OCC it purchased, down from 8,855 tonnes to 4,174 tonnes. This is the lowest figure so far this year. It is also a big decline on March 2018 (22,013 tonnes). 

India majorly increased the quantity it imported, purchasing 24,778 tonnes, up from 16,142 tonnes. While this is the highest figure since November 2018, it is down on this month last year when it bought 54,003 tonnes.  

Indonesia also improved the amount of OCC it bought, as it imported 16,175 tonnes, compared to last month when the UK shipped 10,176 tonnes to the country. 

The EU imported 8,580 tonnes, down from 11,996 tonnes in February. The Netherlands remained the best buyer (3,230 tonnes), followed by France (2,598 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 exports sharply decreased from 138,328 tonnes to 125,216 tonnes this month. 

The pattern of China remaining the best buyer of this material continued into March, despite mixed paper being banned in the country. This month, it purchased 40,919 tonnes, up from 37,141 tonnes. This is the second highest amount we have on our records for China’s importation of this material and is a massive jump from March 2018 (9,506 tonnes). 

India decreased the amount of mixed paper it imported, purchasing 30,092, down from 37,129 tonnes. This is the lowest figure since November 2018, and half of what it purchased in March 2018 (62,254 tonnes).  

The UK exported 20,490 tonnes to Indonesia this month, a decline from 27,167 tonnes in February. However, it is an increase on this time last year, when the country purchased 18,293 tonnes. 

Vietnam’s importation of mixed paper decreased by over three times the amount it bought in February. It purchased just 2,020 tonnes, down from 6,144. This the lowest amount since January 2017 (982 tonnes). 

The EU also reduced the quantity it imported, down from 22,138 tonnes to 19,413 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 a total of 22,924 tonnes of this material globally. This is a big improvement on last month when it sent 16,552 tonnes. 

Of this, the EU purchased 7,077 tonnes, a slight improvement on last month (7,027 tonnes) and was the best buyer of this material.  

Indonesia nearly doubled the amount of news & pams it imported this month, up from 2,725 tonnes to 4,129 tonnes. 

India imported 6,606 tonnes in March, up from 5,345 tonnes. This the highest amount since May 2018 (8,586 tonnes). 

Hong Kong, over the past few months, has seen a fluctuation in the amount of this material it purchased. Last month it bought none, however, this month it imported 1,827 tonnes. This is the highest amount so far this year.  

The UK sent 598 tonnes to China this month, a small improvement from the 487 tonnes it bought last month. This is the second lowest amount of N&P we have on our records for China. This time last year, it purchased 7,895 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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