AF&PA May paper reports
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its May 2013 U.S. paper reports.
Containerboard production increased 7.3 percent over April 2013 and 4.5 percent over the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 3.8 percent. The containerboard operating rate for May 2013 gained 3.6 points from April 2013, from 94.3 percent to 97.9 percent.
Total boxboard production decreased by 0.6 percent compared to May 2012 but increased 0.6 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month last year and increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to May 2012 and decreased compared to last month. The production of Recycled Boxboard increased compared to May 2012 and increased when compared to last month.
Total Kraft paper shipments were 128.5 thousand tons, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 24.5 percent, but the 11.5 percent year-over-year decline in the larger category of Unbleached Kraft paper shipments was enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 7 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventory increased 6.3 percent to 70.7 thousand tons this month compared to April 2013 month-end inventories.