The Paper Stock Report, U.S. exports of recovered paper set a new record in 2011, approaching 23.2 million tons, based on trade data released today by the U.S. Commerce Department, Bureau of the Census. Following a slackening in export volume during November, U.S. exporters shipped more than 2 million tons of scrap paper in December, falling just shy of the record monthly volume shipped in April 2011.
Exports in 2011 topped 2010 exports by about 12 percent. Shipments to China, which accounted for about 62 percent of the total, were up 22.8 percent, meaning that taking Chinese-bound tonnage out of the equation, exports to all other markets were down compared to 2010.
Scrap paper export sales in 2011 totaled almost $3.8 billion.
Full details and analysis will be published soon in The Paper Stock Report.