Recycling export report: paper (September 2018)

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Overall, figures from the latest HMRC export data show that countries either sharply increased or decreased the amount they purchased of OCC, mixed paper and news & pams throughout September.  

 

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OCC – Commodity Code 470710 

OCC saw some big increases and some sharp declines in imports this month depending on the destination.  

Vietnam bought over six times as much OCC compared to August, as it imported 39,362 tonnes, up from the 5,911 tonnes in August. This is also up from September last year when 22,871 tonnes was exported from the UK.  

While China decreased the amount of OCC it bought, purchasing 134,271 tonnes, and down from 142,177 tonnes in August, it still remained the key buyer of OCC.  

Globally, a total of 214,968 tonnes was exported from the UK, compared to last month’s figure of 191,332 tonnes. It is also the highest figure since May 2018. However, it is down on last year when 279,045 was sent abroad from the UK.  

India increased the quantity it imported, buying 22,356 tonnes, up from August, when 17,656 tonnes was bought.  

EU imports halved this month, down from the 6,034 tonnes last month, to 3,191 tonnes in September. The Netherlands was the best European buyer of OCC this month, purchasing 1,708 tonnes.  

Indonesia also halved the amount it imported, buying 3,139 tonnes, down from 6,356 tonnes last month.  

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 slightly decreased in September, as 93,363 tonnes was exported. This is down from last month when 96,722 tonnes was exported. This is also down on September 2017, when the import figure was 97,031 tonnes.  

Surprisingly, China was the best buyer of mixed paper this month, given the fact that this material is banned. It imported 22,855 tonnes, up significantly from August when 16,471 tonnes was exported. This is also the highest amount of mixed paper China has imported so far this year.  

The EU fell dramatically in the total it purchased, as it went down from 27,513 tonnes to 20,093 tonnes. This is the lowest import of mixed paper for the EU since December 2017. 

Indonesia’s import of mixed paper dramatically declined this month, as it bought 15,489 tonnes. This is down from August when the UK exported 24,614 tonnes to the country.  

India increased the quantity it imported from the UK this month, up from 16,960 tonnes to 20,781 tonnes. 

The UK exported 5,675 tonnes to Vietnam in September, up from last month when just 3,477 tonnes was exported.  

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 26,519 tonnes of news & pams throughout September. This is down from August when 28,361 tonnes was sent abroad.  

China remained the dominant buyer of this material, even though it decreased its import figures from 11,329 tonnes to 10,739 tonnes. This is the lowest figure since April this year. 

The EU was the second biggest buyer of this material, importing 5,110 tonnes. However, this is down from last month when the figure was 6,823 tonnes.  

Hong Kong almost tripled the quantity it imported from the UK, buying 3,141 tonnes, up from 1,489 tonnes. 

India slightly increased this month, buying 4,715 tonnes, a rise from the 4,369 tonnes in August.

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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