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American Forest & Paper Association Releases January 2019 Containerboard Report

Feb 22, 2019

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its January 2019 Containerboard Monthly report on February 21.

Containerboard production decreased one percent compared to January 2018. The month-over-month average daily production compared to December 2018 was 3.5 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate was 93.1 percent, 1.8 percentage points lower than the same month last year. Production for export was 16.6 percent lower than January 2018, dropping below 400 thousand short tons for the first time since June 2017.

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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.