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AF&PA March paper reports

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


Containerboard production rose 6.8 percent over February 2013 but fell 2.6 percent over the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production decreased 3.5 percent. The containerboard operating rate for March 2013 lost 3.4 points from February 2013, from 96.2 percent to 92.8 percent. Boxboard


Total boxboard production decreased by 1.2 percent compared to March 2012 but increased 6 percent from the previous month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month last year and decreased compared to the previous month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard and Liner production decreased compared to March 2012 but increased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard increased compared to March 2012 and increased when compared to the prior month.

Printing-writing paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments were down 6 percent compared to March 2012.

Additional key findings:

  • March shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased less than 1 percent compared to March 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments essentially flat through the first quarter.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments of 753,000 tons in March were 6 percent below the same period last year, with imports increasing 12 percent year-over-year in February and exports declining 12 percent.
  • March uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13 percent when compared to March 2012, with year-over-year exports through February up 28 percent.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 9 percent compared to March 2012 to 247,800 tons. Imports of coated mechanical increased year-over-year through February, up 12 percent.

Kraft Paper

Total Kraft paper shipments were 132.6 thousand tons, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments decreased year-over-year 1.3 percent, and the 7.2 percent year-over-year decline in unbleached Kraft paper shipments were enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 6.5 percent year-over-year. Total month end inventory increased 0.4 percent to 71.6 thousand tons this month compared to February 2013 month end inventories.