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Paper Recycling July 14, 2017 02:30:45 PM

UK Recovered paper export rises for third consecutive month

Paul Ploumis
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The collection of recovered paper followed the same pattern, rising for the third consecutive month.
UK Recovered paper export rises for third consecutive month

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The trade statistics published by the Confederation of Paper Industries and HM Revenue & Customs indicate that recovered paper exports by the UK recorded recovery for the third month in a row in May this year. The exports had tumbled during the initial two months of the year, before making a comeback in March. The collection of recovered paper followed the same pattern, rising for the third consecutive month.

The cumulative shipments of recovered paper during the initial five-month period of the year were still down by 6.6% when matched with the previous year. The exports during Jan-May ’17 totaled 2.021 million tonnes. The shipments had totaled 2.164 million tonnes during the initial five months last year. Also, collections of 3.261 million tonnes were down by 4.2% over the previous year during the first five months of 2017. The Confederation of Paper Industries and HM Revenue & Customs data also indicates that domestic consumption of recovered fibre by the UK mills stood marginally higher by 1% at 1.292 million tonnes during Jan-May ’17. During the same period, the paper and board production totaled 1.595 million tonnes, surging higher by nearly 5% over the previous year.

Going by the current rate, the recovered paper exports during the whole of 2017 is projected to total around 4.85 million tonnes, almost flat when matched with 2015-levels.

The shipments had registered jump of 8.7% jump year-on-year during the month of April this year. The monthly exports had totaled 398,411 tonnes during that month. The consumption of recovered paper by the UK domestic mills inched higher by 3.8% over the previous year to 254,570 tonnes. The recovered fibre collections too were up by 7% during the month. The exports had recorded 5% year-on-year increase during March also, after plunging heavily by over 30% in February. The exports had started 2017 on a weak note.

It must be noted that the UK’s exports of recovered paper had touched new highs in 2016, despite shipping challenges towards the end of the year. The shipments leaving the UK hit all-time high of 4.932 million tonnes in 2016, surpassing the previous record of 4.88 million tonnes recorded in 2015. As per data, the shipments of mixed and mechanical paper increased by 1.4% to 2.01 million tonnes, whereas the shipments of corrugated and kraft paper declined by 0.4%. Meantime, the “other” grades of recovered paper surged higher by nearly 19% during the year.

Meantime, the UK’s collection of recovered paper had declined marginally by 1.1% to 7.825 million tonnes during 2016. The consumption of recovered paper by UK’s domestic mills tumbled by 9.5% to 3.018 million tonnes during the year.

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