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Paper buyer tightens moisture policy

Mark Lyndon Paper Enterprises UK (MLUK) has told its suppliers of a tougher moisture policy which, if not met, will result in loads being cancelled.

The company, the procurement arm of Lee & Man Paper in China, said it was taking the action over the “unprecedented rise in the quantity of moisture being recorded in UK material”.

Under its new guidance, MLUK will allow moisture levels of 16% in the drier months between May and September and that “between 16-18%, we believe it is fair to make a claim for additional moisture before loading”.

Any loads of OCC and mixed paper with moisture levels over 18% would be cancelled, MLUK warned its nearly 200 suppliers.

During the wetter months between October and May, the company said that was fair to claim for moisture levels between 16-20% before loading while levels averaging more than 20% would be cancelled.

The company said that the average moisture level over the course of the winter had been 25% and a spokesman said that “something needs to happen on moisture”

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