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Paper Recycling October 24, 2017 01:30:27 PM

AF&PA Reported 3.4% Decline in U.S. Packaging Paper Exports in September

Paul Ploumis
ScrapMonster Author
A 5% year-on-year decline was reported by the AF&PA in the country’s total shipments of printing-writing paper in September 2017. This is upon comparison with the same month a year before.
AF&PA Reported 3.4% Decline in U.S. Packaging Paper Exports in September

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has published the monthly report for packaging paper exports for the month of September this year. According to AF&PA data, the exports declined by nearly 3.4% when compared with same month in 2016. The Association has also released the monthly reports of printing-writing paper shipments, containerboard production and boxboard production.

The overall packaging paper shipments by the US totaled 222,200 tons in September 2017, lower by 3.4% when compared with the same month a year before. Bag and sack shipments edged higher by 3.8%. However, these gains were offset by huge decline in shipment of food wrapping. Food wrapping shipments were down 7.8% over the year. The packaging paper inventory declined to 168,300 tons. The operating rate for the month was 87.9%.

A 5% year-on-year decline was reported by the AF&PA in the country’s total shipments of printing-writing paper in September 2017. This is upon comparison with the same month a year before. The shipments of all the four major categories of printing-writing paper registered year-over-year declines during the month. Consequently, printing-writing paper inventory levels increased marginally by 1.5% from the previous month.

The shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper declined in September for fourth month in a row. The exports had surged higher by 28% in August. The shipment of uncoated free sheet (UFS) decreased year-on-year in September. Coated Free Sheet (CFS) paper producers recorded the highest operating rate in the past one year. Uncoated Mechanical (UM) paper shipments also declined when compared with September 2016.

According to AF&PA, the US containerboard production remained essentially flat over the previous year. The average daily production in September has dropped by 3.8% upon comparison with August. The containerboard operating rate declined from 97.2% in September 2016 to 95.9% in September this year. The cumulative US containerboard production for export rose marginally by 2.2% over the corresponding nine-month period in 2016.

The AF&PA statistics suggests slight jump in total boxboard production by the US in September. When matched with September 2016, the production was up by 3.3%. Over the previous month, the boxboard production recorded sharp decline of 6.3%. The production of unbleached kraft boxboard and solid bleached boxboard and liner production registered year-on-year rise. Conversely, the production declined over the prior month. Meantime, production of recycled boxboard increased over the year, but declined when matched with the previous month.

AF&PA is the national trade association of the US forest products industry.

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