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AF&PA Releases June 2018 Reports


Containerboard production was up 2.0 percent compared to June 2017 and up 1.0 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to May 2018 was 1.2 percent higher. The containerboard operating rate was 96.8 percent, 0.2 percentage points higher than the same month last year. Production for export was 7.1 percent higher than June 2017, which had the lowest export production in 2017, and was 3.5 percent lower year-to-date.

Printing-Writing Paper

Total printing-writing paper shipments decreased six percent in June compared to June 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased two percent from May. Imports of printing-writing papers in May increased 18 percent compared to May 2017 imports, while exports declined three percent compared to May 2017.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments through June 2018 remained essentially flat compared to the same six months of 2017. Imports of UFS increased eight percent year-over-year in May. Exports of UFS papers decreased two percent in May compared to May 2017.
  • Purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased year-over-year in June 2018. Imports of CFS increased two percent year-over-year in May. Exports of CFS decreased 11 percent year-over-year in May.
  • Purchases of coated mechanical (CM) paper increased while purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased in June. Imports of CM papers increased 65 percent compared to May 2017, while imports of UM papers increased 10 percent compared to last May.

U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total Packaging Papers shipments were up 4.4 percent compared to June 2017 and up 0.6 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were essentially flat year-to-date, Multiwall shipments were down 1.3 percent, Converting shipments were up 0.7 percent and Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.6 percent. The operating rate for June increased to 95.8 percent from 94.5 percent in May. Inventories were down 0.3 percent since May.


Total boxboard production increased 3.6 percent when compared to June 2017 and decreased 3.1 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month a year ago but decreased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased when compared to June 2017 but decreased compared to last month. At the close of the second quarter, all boxboard sectors—Unbleached Kraft Boxboard, Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner and Recycled Boxboard—enjoyed a higher operating rate compared to last 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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