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AF&PA Releases August 2018 Reports


Containerboard production was up 2.2 percent compared to August 2017 and up 1.6 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to July 2018 was 2.5 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate was 97.2 percent, 0.7 percentage points higher than the same month last year. Production for export reached its highest level for 2018 so far; it was 13.2 percent higher than August 2017 but 0.8 percent lower year-to-date.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the August 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 11 percent in August compared to August 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased three percent from July. Imports of printing-writing papers in July increased six percent compared to July 2017 imports, while exports declined 24 percent compared to July 2017.

  • Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased 11 percent year-over-year in August. Inventory levels decreased six percent. Exports of CM papers increased five percent in July compared to July 2017.
  • Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 21 percent year-over-year in August. Imports of UM decreased two percent year-over-year in July. Exports of UM decreased 70 percent year-over-year in July.
  • Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper and coated free sheet (CFS) papers both decreased year-over-year in August. July imports of UFS papers increased 37 percent compared to July 2017, while imports of CFS papers increased two percent compared to last July.


U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total Packaging Papers shipments were up 7.1 percent compared to August 2017 and up 2.1 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were up 3.4 percent year-to-date; Multiwall shipments were flat; Converting shipments were up 1 percent; and Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.0 percent. The operating rate for August increased to its highest level for the year, up from 95.8 percent in July to 98.8 percent. Inventories dropped 6.1 percent since July.


Total boxboard production decreased 0.9 percent when compared to August 2017 and decreased 1.4 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month a year ago and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased when compared to August 2017 and decreased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to August 2017 and decreased when compared to 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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