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American Forest & Paper Association Releases February 2019 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report

by User Not Found | Mar 18, 2019

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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2019 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on March 15.

Total Packaging Papers shipments were down 3.3 percent from February 2018 and flat year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were down 2.0 percent year-to-date; Multiwall shipments were up 4.4 percent; Food Wrapping shipments were up 0.9 percent; and Converting shipments were down 0.6 percent. The operating rate for February decreased to 89.5 percent compared to 91.3 percent in January. Inventories remained essentially flat since January and were 3.4 percent lower than the same month last year.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

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