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

Containerboard

Containerboard production was essentially flat compared to both May of this year and June of last year. The month-over-month average daily production increased 2.5 percent. Shipments for June were 2,968.4 thousand tons, representing 167.8 billions of square feet. The containerboard operating rate for June rose slightly by 0.1 points compared to May, from 97 percent to 97.1 percent.

Printing-Writing Paper Report

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 5 percent in June compared to June 2013, with total paper inventories flat compared to May.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in June decreased 8 percent compared to June 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014. Imports of UFS increased year-over-year for the seventh consecutive month, and were up 19 percent in 2014 relative to the same five month period in 2013.
  • June coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased one percent compared to 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are also down one percent and imports through May are down three percent.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased seven percent in June, the fifth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up four percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in June decreased eight percent relative to June 2013 and are down five percent for the year. Imports of CM through May were down 12 percent compared to the same period in 2013 and CM exports increased 25 percent in May, the first year-over-year increase in the past 7 months.

Total boxboard production increased 1.2 percent when compared to June 2013 and decreased 0.6 percent from last month.

Published in the September 2014 Edition of American Recycler News