Recycling export report: paper (October 2018)

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Overall, figures from the latest HMRC export data showed that most countries increased their purchasing power of OCC, mixed paper and news & pams throughout October, with only some destinations decreasing the amount it imported.

OCC – Commodity Code 470710

OCC witnessed some big increases throughout October with destinations choosing to import more of this material compared to September.

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Globally, 245,153 tonnes was sent abroad from the UK, an increase from last month’s figure of 214,968 tonnes. It is up on last year when a total of 182,540 tonnes was purchased and is also the highest quantity since September 2017.

China purchased its highest amount so far this year of OCC and was also the key buyer, importing 176,112 tonnes. This is an increase on last month when 134,271 tonnes was bought. This is also significantly higher than October 2017 when 92,401 tonnes was imported.

Vietnam dramatically decreased its purchase of OCC, importing only 1,301 tonnes, down from September when 39,362 tonnes was bought. It is the lowest figure for the destination so far this year.

Indonesia doubled the quantity it imported buying 6,442 tonnes, up from 3,139 tonnes in October.

The UK exported 26,691 tonnes to India, an increase from the 22,356 tonnes sent last month.

EU exports revived a bit this month, as it imported 5,924 tonnes. This is up from October’s figure of 3,191 tonnes. Germany was the key European buyer of OCC, purchasing 2,953 tonnes, followed by the Netherlands (2,096 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 this month to 104,690 tonnes, up from last month when 93,363 tonnes was shipped. However, this is down on October last year when 121,339 tonnes was exported.

India was the best buyer of mixed paper, importing 34,736 tonnes, up from 20,781 tonnes in September. This is also the highest figure for this destination since April.

The EU increased the total amount it purchased of this material, buying 24,552 tonnes, up from 20,093 tonnes.

While mixed paper is banned in China, the UK still exported 21,070 tonnes to the country in October. This is a slight decrease from September’s figure of 22, 855 tonnes, although it is the second highest amount the country has imported so far this year.

Vietnam’s import of this material declined by halve, as it only bought 2,640 tonnes, down from 5,675 tonnes. It is the lowest figure the country has purchased so far this year.

Indonesia saw a small increase, buying 16,527 tonnes, up from September when the number was 15,489 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 32,363 tonnes, a sharp increase from last month when 26,519 tonnes was exported.

China remained the dominant buyer of this material, as it slightly increased from September’s figure of 10,739 tonnes to 11,036 tonnes.

The EU was the second biggest purchaser, importing 7,625 tonnes, up from 5,110 tonnes last month.

India increased its amount from last month, buying 6,453 tonnes, up from the 4,715 tonnes in September.

Indonesia also bought more of this material in October, importing 3,576 tonnes, up from 2,010 tonnes. It is the country’s highest amount since April.

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 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 2018

Mixed paper 2017

N&P historic data – all destinations

N&P 2018

N&P 2017

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