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

Jun 15, 2018

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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its May 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on June 15.

Total Packaging Papers shipments were up 3.0 percent compared to May 2017 but down 0.2 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were essentially flat year-to-date, Multiwall shipments were down 3.3 percent, Converting shipments were down 0.4 percent and Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.5 percent. The operating rate for May increased to 94.5 percent from 92.9 percent in April. Inventories were down 3.6 percent since April.

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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.