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American Forest & Paper Association Releases December 2018 Containerboard Report

Jan 17, 2019

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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2018 Containerboard Monthly report on January 16, 2019.

Containerboard production was essentially flat compared to December 2017 but up 1.7 percent year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production compared to November 2018 was 1.8 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate was 94.2 percent, 2.9 percentage points lower than the same month last year. Production for export was 11.0 percent lower than December 2017 while year-end production for export was down less than half a percent over year-end 2017.

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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 nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 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.