Exports of Recycled Paper and Plastic Fall Again
U.S. OCC shipments to China in February 2019, totaling 337,000 short tons, were the lowest they've been in a single month since December 2008.
April 29, 2019 (Resource Rcycling) - U.S. exports of scrap paper and plastic continued to drop in February, marking the fourth straight month of declining shipments for both commodities.
The U.S. Department of Commerce released February 2019 export statistics last week. The numbers show U.S. exporters shipped 1.5 million short tons of recovered fiber in the second month of the year, down slightly from the 1.6 million short tons exported in January.
The February 2019 recovered fiber figure is lower than February totals over the past few years, but not significantly so.
China accounted for most of the decline in recent months: Shipments by U.S. exporters to all countries combined dropped by nearly 90,000 short tons from January, with China decreasing imports from the U.S. by more than 70,000 short tons.
All told, China imported its lowest monthly volume of U.S. recovered fiber since July 2003, according to data analysis by Resource Recycling.
Mixed paper shipments to China remain virtually nonexistent, in line China's ban on imports of the material. Meanwhile, U.S. OCC shipments to China in February, totaling 337,000 short tons, were the lowest they've been in a single month since December 2008.
Exports of OCC out of the U.S. to all countries were . . .
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