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American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2017 Containerboard Report

Containerboard

Containerboard production was 3.9 percent higher compared to March 2016. The month-over-month average daily production compared to February 2017 was 3.1 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate for March decreased from 97.8 percent to 96.3 percent, which was 3.4 percent higher compared to March of last year.

Boxboard

Total boxboard production increased 1.0 percent when compared to March 2016, and increased 10.2 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month as last year, but increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased when compared to March 2016, and increased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to March 2016, but increased when compared to last month.

Printing-Writing

According to the report released on April 21, 2017, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 9% in March compared to March 2016. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were essentially flat from February 2017, down less than 1%.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 7% year-over-year in March. UFS imports decreased 13% in February compared to February 2016, with exports decreasing 2% year-over-year in February.
  • March coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 6% compared to March 2016. Imports of CFS papers increased 9% year-over-year in February, and exports increased 2% in February relative to the previous year.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 26% in March compared to March 2016. Imports of UM decreased 11% in February, with exports of UM in February decreasing 45%.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 12% when compared to March 2016. Imports of CM increased 6% in February compared to February 2016, and exports were down 19% in February relative to the previous year.

 


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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

 Source: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

 

 

 
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