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American Forest & Paper Association Releases August 2019 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report

Sep 18, 2019

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the August 2019 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on September 17.

Total packaging papers shipments were down 10.1 percent from August 2018 and down 5.3 percent year-to-date. Bag and sack shipments were down 4.0 percent year-to-date, multiwall shipments were down 13.3 percent, food wrapping shipments were up 5.6 percent, and converting shipments were down 8.3 percent. The operating rate for August increased to 87.6 percent compared to 81.6 percent in July. Inventory levels increased 5.5 percent from July.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716. 

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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.