American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2018 Containerboard Report

Apr 18, 2018

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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2018 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report on April 17, 2018.

Containerboard production was up 3.5 percent compared to March 2017 and up 0.5 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to February 2018 was 3.5 percent higher. The containerboard operating rate was 97.4 percent or 0.7 percentage points higher than the same month last year. Production for exports was 3.3 percent lower than March 2017 and 6.7 percent lower year-to-date.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 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.