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February paper reports

The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2013 U.S. paper reports.


Containerboard production fell 10.2 percent over January 2013 and 1.7 percent over the same month last year. However, the month-over-month average daily production decreased just 0.5 percent. The containerboard operating rate for February 2013 lost 0.5 points over January 2013, from 97.1 percent to 96.6 percent.


Total boxboard production decreased by 1.9 percent compared to February 2012 and decreased 5.6 percent from January 2013. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month last year and decreased compared to the previous month. Total solid bleached boxboard & liner production decreased compared to February 2012 and decreased compared to January. The production of recycled boxboard decreased compared to February 2012 and decreased when compared to January 2013.

Printing-writing paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments were down 12 percent from February 2012.

Additional key findings:

  • February shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 5 percent compared to February 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments up less than 1 percent relative to 2012.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments of 701,700 tons in February were 10 percent below the same period last year, with imports increasing 14 percent year-over-year in January.
  • February uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 22 percent when compared to February 2012.
  • February shipments of coated mechanical (CM) decreased 20 percent compared to February 2012 to 218,900 tons, the lowest total since before 1995.
  • January shipments of coated mechanical (CM) decreased 9 percent compared to January 2012 to 255,900 tons.

Kraft Paper

Total Kraft paper shipments were 119 thousand tons, a decrease of 15 percent compared to January 2013. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 13 percent while unbleached Kraft paper shipments decreased 13 percent year-over-year. As a result, total Kraft paper shipments are down slightly less than one percent compared to the first two months of 2012. Total month-end inventory decreased 3 percent to 71.3 thousand tons this month compared to January 2013 month-end inventories.