AF&PA Releases December 2020 Reports

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Containerboard

Total Containerboard production in December increased three percent compared to December 2019. It was up four percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2019.

  • December 2020 production of containerboard for export decreased 22 percent compared to the same month last year; it was up nine percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 93.7 percent, essentially flat (-0.1 pts.) from December 2019 and up 2.3 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of December increased 3,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 short tons compared to December 2019.

Boxboard

Total Boxboard production in December increased five percent compared to December 2019. It was down three percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2019. The boxboard operating rate was 93.8 percent, up 5.3 points from December 2019 and essentially flat (-0.2 pts.) year-to-date.

  • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in December increased three percent compared to December 2019. It was down four percent when compared to the same 12months of 2019.
  • Recycled Boxboard production in December increased one percent compared to December 2019. It was down two percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2019.
  • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum production in December increased 12 percent compared to December 2019. It was essentially flat (-0.5 percent) when compared to the same 12 months of 2019. 

Packaging Papers

Total Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging shipments in December increased eight percent compared to December 2019. They were up five percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2019.

  • The operating rate was 83.3 percent, up 0.6 points from December 2019 and essentially flat (-0.2 pts.) year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of December increased 2,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 short tons compared to December 2019.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 26 percent in December compared to December 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 22 percent in December compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat (+0.3 percent) when compared to November 2020. 

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in December decreased 17 percent compared to last December while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to November 2020. UFS imports increased 13 percent while exports decreased 31 percent in November 2020.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 26 percent compared to December 2019 while the inventory level increased four percent compared to November 2020. CFS imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2019, down 36 percent and eight percent respectively.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in December decreased 41 percent compared to last December while the inventory level increased one percent compared to November 2020. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2019, down 27 percent and 19 percent respectively.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 39 percent compared to December 2019 while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to November 2020. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2019, down eight percent and 13 percent respectively.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.


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