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AF&PA Releases September 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its September 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly report. Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in September increased 8% compared to September 2022. They were down 2% when compared to the same 9 months of 2022.

  • Shipments of the biggest subgrade in unbleached packaging papers – bag & sack – were 96,100 short tons for the month of September, up 2.1% year-to-date.
  • The bleached packaging papers operating rate was 77.3%, up 3.0 points from September 2023 but down 1.1 points year-to-date.

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