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AF&PA Releases November 2018 Reports


Containerboard production was up 3.2 percent compared to November 2017 and up 1.9 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to September 2018 was 3.4 percent higher. The containerboard operating rate was 96.0 percent, 1.4 percentage points lower than the same month last year. Production for export increased 5.2 percent from October 2018 and was up 0.9 percent year-to-date.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the November 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased six percent in November compared to November 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased three percent from October. Imports of printing-writing papers in October increased 27 percent compared to October 2017 imports, while exports declined 27 percent compared to October 2017.

  • Net imports of coated free sheet (CFS) papers peaked in October, hitting the highest level in at least seven years. Shipments of CFS decreased just one percent year-over-year in November.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper decreased five percent in November from the same month one year ago. Exports of UFS papers decreased 35 percent in October compared to October 2017.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers increased four percent year-over-year in November. U.S. shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper; however, decreased 12 percent in November, while imports of CM papers increased 51 percent compared to last October. Exports of UM papers hit a new low in October, decreasing 75 percent compared to October 2017.

 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

TTotal Packaging Papers shipments were essentially flat compared to November 2017 and up 2.8 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were up 5.3 percent year-to-date; Multiwall shipments were up 0.3 percent; Converting shipments were up 1.0 percent; and Food Wrapping shipments were up 2.5 percent. The operating rate for November dropped to 89.5 percent compared to 95.6 percent in October. Inventories increased 7.1 percent since October but were 1.7 percent lower than the same month last year.


Total boxboard monthly production decreased 0.8 percent when compared to November 2017 but increased 1.2 percent from last month. The total boxboard operating rate was 96.3 percent for November. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production was up 2.2 percent year to date; Recycled Boxboard production declined 2.2 percent year to date; and Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum rose 2.1 percent year to date.

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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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