American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report

Apr 18, 2018

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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on April 17.

Total Packaging Papers shipments were down 6.6 percent compared to March 2017 and down 6.5 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were down 8.3 percent year-to-date. Multiwall shipments were down 12.6 percent. Converting shipments were down 2.8 percent and Food Wrapping shipments remained essentially flat. The operating rate for March decreased to 87.4 percent from 88.5 percent in February. Inventories were up 1.4 percent since February.

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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.