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AF&PA Releases January 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its January 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly report.

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in January decreased 7% compared to January 2022.

  • The bleached packaging papers operating rate was 78.6%, down 6.9 points from January 2022.
  • Shipments of the biggest subgrade in unbleached packaging papers – bag & sack – were down 4.2% from prior January.

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