AF&PA Releases November 2019 Reports

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Containerboard

Total Containerboard production in November decreased one percent compared to November 2018. It was down four percent when compared to the same 11 months of 2018. 

  • November 2019 production of containerboard for export decreased nine percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 15 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 93.5 percent, down 2.7 points from November 2018 and down 5.2 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of November increased 78,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 70,000 short tons compared to November 2018.

Boxboard

Total Boxboard production in November decreased two percent compared to November 2018. It was down one percent when compared to the same 11 months of 2018.  The boxboard operating rate was 93.0 percent, down 0.7 points from November 2018. 

  • Solid Bleached Boxboard production in November decreased two percent compared to November 2018. It was down 0.5 percent when compared to the same 11 months of 2018.
  • Recycled Boxboard production in November decreased three percent compared to November 2018. It was down one percent when compared to the same 11 months of 2018.
  • Unbleached Kraft & Gypsum production in November decreased two percent compared to November 2018. It was essentially flat (-0.2%) when compared to the same 11 months of 2018.

Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in November decreased four percent compared to November 2018. They were down six percent when compared to the same 11 months of 2018. 

  • The operating rate was 84.0 percent, down 6.0 points from November 2018 and down 5.5 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of November increased 6,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 7,000 short tons compared to November 2018.

Printing-Writing Paper

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 11 percent in November compared to November 2018. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 10 percent in November compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent when compared to October 2019. 

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 13 percent compared to November 2018 while the inventory level increased one percent compared to October 2019. UFS imports decreased 10 percent while exports increased one percent in October 2019.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers in November decreased nine percent compared to last November while the inventory level increased three percent compared to October 2019. CFS imports decreased 25 percent while exports remained essentially flat (+0.2%) in October 2019.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased three percent compared to November 2018 while the inventory level decreased four percent compared to October 2019. CM imports decreased 28 percent while exports increased 35 percent in October 2019.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in November decreased nine percent compared to last November while the inventory level remained essentially flat (+0.3%) compared to October 2019. UM imports decreased 24 percent while exports increased 36 percent in October 2019.

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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)

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