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American Forest & Paper Association Releases November 2019 Containerboard Monthly Report

Dec 17, 2019

CONTACT: Lindsay Murphy
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the November 2019 Containerboard Monthly report on December 17. 

Total Containerboard production in November decreased one percent compared to November 2018. It was down four percent when compared to the same 11 months of 2018. 

  • November 2019 production of containerboard for export decreased nine percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 15 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 93.5 percent, down 2.7 points from November 2018 and down 5.2 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of November increased 78,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 70,000 short tons compared to November 2018. 

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.