AF&PA Releases December 2019 Reports

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Total containerboard production in December increased two percent compared to December 2018 and was down four percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018.

Containerboard

Total containerboard production in December increased two percent compared to December 2018 and was down four percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018.

  • December 2019 production of containerboard for export increased 11 percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 13 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 94.4 percent, up 0.6 points from December 2018 and down 4.8 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of December increased 3,000 short tons from the previous month and were essentially flat (+1,964 short tons) compared to December 2018. 

Boxboard

Total boxboard production in December decreased five percent compared to December 2018 and was down one percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018. The boxboard operating rate was 88.8 percent, down 4.0 points from December 2018 and down 1.5 points year-to-date. 

  • Solid bleached boxboard production in December decreased four percent compared to December 2018 and was down one percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018.
  • Recycled boxboard production in December decreased three percent compared to December 2018 and was down one percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018.
  • Unbleached kraft & gypsum production in December decreased eight percent compared to December 2018 and was down one percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018. 

Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in December decreased four percent compared to December 2018 and were down six percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018. 

  • The operating rate was 81.8 percent, down 2.9 points from December 2018 and down 5.2 points year-to-date. 
  • Mill inventories at the end of December increased 12,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 1,000 short tons compared to December 2018.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased three percent in December 2019 compared to December 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased six percent in December 2019 compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased one percent when compared to November 2019. 

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in December 2019 increased four percent compared to last December while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to November 2019. UFS imports decreased 29 percent while exports increased 15 percent in November 2019.

  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 10 percent compared to December 2018 while the inventory level increased four percent compared to November 2019. CFS imports decreased eight percent while exports increased four percent in November 2019.

  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in December 2019 decreased 16 percent compared to last December while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to November 2019. CM imports decreased 20 percent while exports increased 39 percent in November 2019.

  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 14 percent compared to December 2018 while the inventory level increased six percent compared to November 2019. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2018, down 15 percent and 17 percent respectively. 

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Source: The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)