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AF&PA Releases July 2018 Reports


Containerboard production was up 4.2 percent compared to July 2017 and up 1.5 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to June 2018 was 3.8 percent higher. The containerboard operating rate was 99.4 percent, 2.5 percentage points higher than the same month last year. Production for export reached its highest level for 2018 so far; it was 2.0 percent higher than July 2017 but 2.7 percent lower year-to-date.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the July 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in July compared to July 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent from June. Imports of printing-writing papers in June increased 11 percent compared to June 2017 imports, while exports declined 19 percent compared to June 2017.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper imports increased year-over-year for the second consecutive month in June following 12 consecutive year-over-year declines. Exports of UFS papers decreased 17 percent in June compared to June 2017.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased six percent year-over-year in July 2018. Imports of CFS increased four percent year-over-year in June. Exports of CFS decreased 13 percent year-over-year in June.
  • Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper and uncoated mechanical (UM) papers both decreased year-over-year in July for at least the 20th consecutive month. Imports of CM papers increased 39 percent compared to June 2017, while exports of UM papers decreased 40 percent compared to last June.

U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total Packaging Papers shipments were up 5.7 percent compared to July 2017 and up 1.3 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were up 2.5 percent year-to-date, Multiwall shipments were down 0.9 percent, Converting shipments were essentially flat and Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.1 percent. The operating rate for July increased slightly from 95.8 percent in June to 95.9 percent in July. Inventories were up 1.7 percent since June.


Total boxboard production increased 1.9 percent when compared to July 2017 and increased 4.1 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month a year ago but increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased when compared to July 2017 and last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard increased compared to July 2017 and last month.

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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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