The American Forest & Paper Association released its April paper reports.
Containerboard production decreased 5.6 percent from March and was 0.8 percent lower compared to the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production decreased 2.4 percent. Shipments for April were 2,817.5 thousand tons, representing 160.2 billions of square feet. The containerboard operating rate for April decreased 1.2 points from March, from 95.9 percent to 94.7 percent.
Total Kraft paper shipments were 133.5 thousand tons, 4.4 percent higher compared to March. Bleached Kraft paper shipments were 2.6 percent higher than March, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments were 4.6 percent higher. Overall, shipments for the first four months of 2014 were 2 percent lower than the same period last year. Total month-end inventories decreased 3.6 percent compared to March.
Printing-Writing Paper Report
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 3 percent in April compared to April 2013, with increases in year-over-year shipments in uncoated mechanical, coated mechanical and coated freesheet grades.
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in April decreased 8 percent compared to April 2013. YTD shipments are down 7 percent in 2014. UFS imports increased 38 percent in March compared with a decrease in UFS export shipments of 12 percent.
- April coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 1 percent to 313,800 tons. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are essentially flat in comparison.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments also increased 5 percent in April, the seventh year-over-year increase in the past eight months. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up 3 percent.
- Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in April increased 1 percent relative to April 2013, the first year-over-year increase in the past 21 months. Imports of CM through March were down 12 percent relative to the same three month period in 2013.
Published in the July 2014 Edition of American Recycler News