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American Forest & Paper Association Releases December 2019 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

Jan 17, 2020

CONTACT: Lindsay Murphy
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released its December 2019 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report. 

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in December decreased four percent compared to December 2018 and were down six percent when compared to the same 12 months of 2018. 

  • The operating rate was 81.8 percent, down 2.9 points from December 2018 and down 5.2 points year-to-date. 
  • Mill inventories at the end of December increased 12,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 1,000 short tons compared to December 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.