The American Forest & Paper Association released its July U.S. paper reports.
Containerboard production was 0.7 percent lower compared to July 2015. The month-over-month average daily production compared to June 2016 was 0.3 percent higher.
The containerboard operating rate for July decreased to 93.9 percent, while the year-to-date operating rate of 94.4 percent was 1.7 percentage points lower compared to year-to-date 2015.
Total Kraft paper shipments were 133 thousand short tons, 10.6 percent lower compared to July of last year, which had the second highest shipment volume in 2015. Bleached Kraft paper shipments decreased from 7.7 thousand short tons in June to 6.7 while unbleached Kraft paper decreased from 130.1 to 126.3 thousand short tons.
Overall, shipments in the seven months of 2016 were 3.7 percent lower compared to the same period in 2015. Total month-end inventories increased from 68.6 to 80.2 thousand short tons.
Printing-Writing Paper Report
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in July compared to July 2015. Total printing-writing paper inventory increased 4 percent from June levels.
•Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 8 percent compared to July 2015. UFS imports were down 37 percent year-over-year in June with exports down 22 percent.
•June coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 1 percent compared to July 2015. Imports of CFS papers decreased 11 percent in June with exports increasing 9 percent year-over-year.
•Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 19 percent in July compared to July 2015, the sixth year-over-year decrease in 2016. Imports of UM papers were down 26 percent in June while exports of UM in June increased 5 percent compared to the previous year.
•Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in July decreased 14 percent when compared to July 2015. Imports of CM increased 9 percent in June compared to June 2015 with exports down 11 percent.
Total boxboard production decreased 2.5 percent when compared to July 2015 but increased 2.2 percent from June.
Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month as last year and decreased compared to June.
Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased when compared to July 2015 but increased compared to June.
The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to July 2015 but increased when compared to June.