Production of paper and board declines for the month.
The American Forest & Paper Association has released its production statistics for this April. The association, headquartered in Washington, notes that boxboard production decreased by 3 percent in April compared to April 2013 and decreased 3.4 percent from March 2014. Unbleached kraft boxboard production decreased over the same month last year but increased compared with March of this year.
The AF&PA also notes that total solid bleached boxboard and liner production decreased in April compared with April 2013 and decreased compared with March 2014. The production of recycled boxboard decreased compared with April 2013 and decreased compared with the prior month.
The AF&PA also released its monthly report for printing and writing paper, noting that shipments decreased for April 2014 relative 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 with April 2013. The AF&PA adds that year-to-date shipments dropped 7 percent in 2014 from the same time in 2013. UFS imports increased 38 percent in March compared with a decrease in UFS export shipments of 12 percent.
For April, coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 1 percent to 313,800 tons. Year to date, shipments of coated freesheet grades are essentially flat compared with 2013.
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 compared with 2013.
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 2014 were down 12 percent relative to the same three month period in 2013.