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.