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

Containerboard

Containerboard production was 0.7 percent higher compared to February 2016. The month-over-month average daily production compared to January 2017 was 0.5 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate for February increased from 96.5 percent to 97.8 percent, which was 4.0 percent higher compared to February of last year.

Printing-Writing Paper Report

According to the report released on March 21, 2017, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in February compared to February 2016. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were flat from January 2017.

•Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 6 percent year-over-year in February. UFS imports increased 9 percent in January compared to January 2016, with exports decreasing 5 percent year-over-year in January.
•February coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 8 percent compared to February 2016. Imports of CFS papers increased 5 percent year-over-year in January, and exports increased 2 percent in January relative to the previous year.
•Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 23 percent in February compared to February 2016. Imports of UM increased 11 percent in January, with exports of UM in January increasing 17 percent.
•Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in February decreased 8 percent when compared to February 2016. Imports of CM decreased 3 percent in January compared to January 2016, and exports increased 13 percent in January relative to the previous year.

Boxboard Report

Total boxboard production decreased 2.3 percent when compared to February 2016, and decreased 7.5 percent from January.

Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production decreased over the same month as last year and decreased from January.

Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production increased when compared to February 2016, but decreased compared to January.

The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to February 2016, and decreased when compared to January.

Published in the May 2017 Edition of American Recycler News