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July AF&PA paper reports

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2012 U. S. paper reports.


Containerboard production rose 2.3 percent over June 2012 but fell 2.2 percent compared to same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production decreased 1 percent. The containerboard operating rate for July 2012 lost one point over June 2012 from 96.3 percent to 95.3 percent.


Total boxboard production decreased by 4.1 percent compared to July 2011 and decreased 0.4 percent from last month. Unbleached Kraft Folding production decreased over the same month last year but increased compared to last month. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to July 2011 and last month. The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to July 2011 but increased when compared to last month.

Recovered Fiber

According to the report, total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in July was 2.43 million tons, less than 1 percent lower than June 2012. Year-to-date consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year.

U.S. exports of recovered paper, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, dropped 3 percent in June compared to May, led by a steep decrease in Pulp Substitutes exports to China. Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 5.5 percent lower than during the same period in 2011.

Printing-writing paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 3 percent last month compared to July 2011. Shipments of coated mechanical papers posted the only year-over-year increase among the four major grades. U.S. purchases (demand) of printing-writing papers also decreased by 4 percent in July. Additional key findings include:

  • Shipments of coated mechanical papers increased compared to July 2011 – the third such year-over-year increase in 2012.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet papers reached a new high for the year but still decreased slightly year-over-year.
  • Shipments of uncoated free sheet papers were down year-over-year, the fifth consecutive year-over-year decrease.
  • Uncoated mechanical paper shipments continue the downward trend with sixteen consecutive month year-over-year decreases.