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American Forest & Paper Association Releases Q3 2021 Containerboard Quarterly Report

CONTACT: Tim Ebner 
(202) 463-2587,

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its Q3 2021 Containerboard Quarterly report.

Total Containerboard production in Q3 increased nine percent compared to Q3 2020. It was up seven percent when compared to the same nine months of 2020.

  • Q3 2021 production of containerboard for export increased ten percent compared to the same quarter last year; it was down 15 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 95.6 percent, up 1.7 points from Q3 2020 and up 1.5 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of September increased 35,000 short tons from the end of the previous quarter and were up 19,000 short tons compared to September 2020.

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

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. 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 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 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.