Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Down 1.2 Percent in March 2019

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The American Forest & Paper Association has released its March 2019 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total Packaging Papers shipments were down 1.2 percent from March 2018 and essentially flat year-to-date.

In March:

  • Bag & Sack shipments were down 1.0 percent year-to-date;
  • Multiwall shipments were up 1.7 percent;
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 1.5 percent;
  • Converting shipments were down 2.2 percent.

The operating rate for March increased to 90.5 percent compared to 89.5 percent in February. Inventories decreased 3.5 percent from February and were 8.0 percent lower than the same month last year.


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