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AF&PA Releases November 2022 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

CONTACT: Tim Ebner/Clara Cozort
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 WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its November 2022 Packaging Papers Monthly report.

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in November decreased 9% compared to November 2021. They were down 3% when compared to the same 11 months of 2021.

  • The bleached packaging papers operating rate was 81.7%, down 2.8 points from November 2021 and down 4.1 points year-to-date.
  • Shipments of unbleached bag & sack paper were 81,200 short tons for the month of November, down 7.9% from November 2021.

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.