AF&PA Releases June 2019 Reports

Market analysis

Containerboard production in June 2019 decreased 6.6 percent compared to June 2018 and was down 4.9 percent year-to-date. The average daily production compared to May 2019 was 0.6 percent higher.


Containerboard production in June 2019 decreased 6.6 percent compared to June 2018 and was down 4.9 percent year-to-date. The average daily production compared to May 2019 was 0.6 percent higher.

The containerboard operating rate decreased from 91.8 percent in May to 89.1 percent. The total linerboard rate dropped below 90 percent for the fourth time this year, down to 86.3 percent. The June total operating rate was 7.1 points lower than the same month last year and the year-to-date operating rate was down 6.2 points compared to last year. Production for export, most of which is linerboard, was down 11.5 percent month-over-month and was down 18.6 percent year-to-date.


Total boxboard monthly production decreased 3.7 percent when compared to June 2018. The total boxboard operating rate was 92.0 percent for June. Total Solid Bleached Boxboard and Liner production was down 7.8 percent year to date; Recycled Boxboard production fell 3.3 year to date; and Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum increased 1.8 percent year to date.

Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total packaging papers shipments were down 6.7 percent from June 2018 and down 3.1 percent year-to-date. Bag and sack shipments were down 0.9 percent year-to-date; multiwall shipments were down nine percent; food wrapping shipments were up two percent; and converting shipments were down 5.3 percent. The operating rate for June increased to 86.2 percent compared to 85.2 percent in May. Inventory levels decreased 3.6 percent from May.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the June 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly report from AF&PA, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 17 percent in June compared to June 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers declined 11 percent in June compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased two percent from May 2019.

  • U.S. shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased four percent in June from the same month one year ago. The inventory level of CM papers increased 12 percent in June compared to May. CM imports in May 2019 decreased 25 percent year-over-year while exports remained essentially flat.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers decreased nine percent in June when compared to June 2018. Inventories increased one percent compared to last month. Imports of UFS papers in May 2019 increased 43 percent while exports decreased 20 percent.
  • U.S. shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 12 percent year-over-year in June. U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) paper decreased 16 percent in June. Inventory levels at the end of June when compared to May decreased for CFS and increased for UM. Both imports and exports of CFS and UM decreased year-over-year in May.

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


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