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

Containerboard

Containerboard production was 3.9 percent higher compared to March 2016. The month-over-month average daily production compared to February 2017 was 3.1 percent lower.

The containerboard operating rate for March decreased from 97.8 percent to 96.3 percent, which was 3.4 percent higher compared to March of last year.

Printing-Writing Paper Report

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 9 percent in March compared to March 2016. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were essentially flat from February 2017, down less than 1 percent.

•Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 7 percent year-over-year in March. UFS imports decreased 13 percent in February compared to February 2016, with exports decreasing 2 percent year-over-year in February.
•March coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 6 percent compared to March 2016. Imports of CFS papers increased 9 percent year-over-year in February, and exports increased 2 percent in February relative to the previous year.
•Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 26 percent in March compared to March 2016. Imports of UM decreased 11 percent in February, with exports of UM in February decreasing 45 percent.

Boxboard Report

Total boxboard production increased 1.0 percent when compared to March 2016, and increased 10.2 percent from February.

Unbleached kraft boxboard production decreased over the same month as last year, but increased compared to
February.

Published in the June 2017 Edition of American Recycler News