AF&PA July paper reports
The American Forest & Paper Association released its June/July U.S. paper reports.
Containerboard production increased 4.1 percent in July over June 2013 and 5.3 percent over the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 0.7 percent. The containerboard operating rate for July 2013 dropped 0.4 points from June 2013, from 99 percent to 98.6 percent.
Total boxboard production increased by 0.7 percent compared to June 2012 but decreased 0.3 percent from May. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month last year but decreased compared to May. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased compared to June 2012 and increased compared to May. The production of Recycled Boxboard increased compared to June 2012 but decreased when compared to May.
Total Kraft paper shipments were 131.4 thousand tons, an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 5.7 percent, and the 2.8 percent year-over-year decline in unbleached Kraft paper shipments were enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 1.5 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventory increased 0.7 percent to 71.2 thousand tons this month compared to May 2013 month-end inventories.