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American Forest & Paper Association Releases September 2021 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

CONTACT: Tim Ebner 
(202) 463-2587,

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its September 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report.

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in September decreased seven percent compared to September 2020. They were up one percent when compared to the same nine months of 2020.

  • The operating rate was 86.8 percent, down 4.5 points from September 2020 and up 3.4 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of September decreased 2,000 short tons from the previous month and were essentially flat (-815 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 recyclable 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 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper