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American Forest & Paper Association Releases April 2019 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report

May 17, 2019

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its April 2019 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on May 16.

The report featured revised data based on findings from the 59th Annual Capacity Survey released May 15. Total packaging papers shipments were down 3.7 percent from April 2018 and down 1.4 percent year-to-date. Bag & sack shipments were down 1.1 percent year-to-date, multiwall shipments were down 3.6 percent, food wrapping shipments were up 0.5 percent, and converting shipments were down 1.4 percent. The operating rate for April decreased to 88.5 percent compared to 90.0 percent in March. Inventory levels increased 1.7 percent from March.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

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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.