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The American Forest & Paper Association released its January U.S. paper reports.

Containerboard
Containerboard production increased 3.8 percent over December 2013 and was essentially flat compared to the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production also increased 3.8 percent. Shipments for January were 2,979.8 thousand tons representing 167.8 billion sq.ft.

Boxboard
Total boxboard production increased 1.3 percent when compared to January 2013 and increased 1 percent from December. Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month last year but increased compared to December.

Kraft Paper
Total Kraft paper shipments were 128.2 thousand tons, 2.2 percent higher compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments were 51 percent lower than the same month last year, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments were down 2.7 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventories increased 3.1 percent compared to December 2013.

Printing-Writing Paper Report
Total printing-writing paper shipments decreased eight percent in January compared to January 2013, with decreases in all four printing-writing grades.

Published in the April 2014 Edition of American Recycler News