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

Printing-Writing Paper Report

According to the November 2017 printing-writing monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased six percent in November compared to November 2016. Shipments of uncoated free sheet shipments remained flat while the remaining three major printing-writing grades declined year-over-year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased less than one-half of one percent from October 2017.

•November uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments were flat year-over-year following year-over-year increases in two of the previous three months. Imports of UFS decreased by 30 percent year-over-year in October – the fifth consecutive monthly decrease, with imports down 12 percent year-to-date. Exports of UFS papers increased 30 percent year-over-year in October, following the 26 percent year-over-year increase in September, the sixth double-digit percent year-over-year increase in a row.
•Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper in November declined by a double-digit percentage for the second consecutive month. U.S. imports of CFS papers decreased nine percent year-over-year in October, the fourth consecutive year-over-year decline. Exports of CFS papers increased six percent year-over-year in October – the fourth consecutive year-over-year monthly increase thus far in 2017.
•Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments declined year-over-year in November for the sixth consecutive month. Imports of CM were essentially flat or just under one-half of one percent compared to October 2016. Exports of CM increased 14 percent in October to 33,000 tons and for the year sit three percent lower than year-to-date 2016.
•Exports of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 4 percent year-over-year in September, but reached second-highest level in the past 24 months. Overall shipments of UM have declined year-over-year for seventeen consecutive months. Imports of UM decreased 13 percent year-over-year in September.

Boxboard Report

Total boxboard production decreased 0.4 percent when compared to November 2016 and decreased 2.0 percent from October.

Unbleached Kraft Boxboard production increased over the same month a year ago and increased compared to October.

Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased when compared to November 2016 and was flat compared to October.

The production of Recycled Boxboard decreased compared to November 2016 and decreased when compared to October.

Published in the February 2018 Edition