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Paper Recycling January 01, 2018 02:30:12 PM

U.S. Boxboard Production Witnessed Marginal Decline in November

Paul Ploumis
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The shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper remained essentially flat over the previous year. The shipments had increased during two out of the previous three months.
U.S. Boxboard Production Witnessed Marginal Decline in November

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has published the monthly report for boxboard production for the month of November this year. According to AF&PA data, the production declined marginally when compared with same month in 2016. Also, the monthly production stood lower when compared with the prior month. The Association has also released the November 2017 printing-writing paper report.

The overall boxboard production registered marginal decline by 0.4% over the previous month. When matched with October 2017, the production during the month was down by nearly 2%. Meantime, the production of unbleached kraft boxboard production increased from the year-ago month and from the prior month. The total production of solid bleached boxboard and liner production decreased over the year. When compared with October 2017, the production remained more or less flat. Also, the U.S. recycled boxboard production reported year-on-year and month-on-month decline during November 2017.

A 6% year-on-year decline was reported by the AF&PA in the country’s total shipments of printing-writing paper in November 2017. This is upon comparison with the same month a year before. The shipments of major categories of printing-writing paper registered year-over-year declines during the month. Consequently, printing-writing paper inventory levels increased marginally by nearly 0.5% from the previous month.

The shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper remained essentially flat over the previous year. The shipments had increased during two out of the previous three months. The exports of UFS papers by the US had registered year-on-year jump of 30% and 26% in October and September this year respectively. Meantime, the imports had declined sharply by 30% in October, recording the fifth straight month of decline. The combined imports during the first ten months of the year were down significantly by 12%.

According to AF&PA, the shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper declined sharply during November 2017. The imports had dropped by 9% in October. On the other hand, imports had increased by 6%. The shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper declined for the sixth consecutive month in November. The latest available data suggests 4% year-on-year decline in uncoated mechanical (UM) papers during September this year. The U.S. imports of UM had dropped significantly by 13% during the month.

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