US containerboard production up 4% in September

U.S. containerboard production in September 2020 increased 4% compared to September 2019. It was up 4% when compared to the same nine months of 2019, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.


September 2020 production of containerboard for export decreased 12% compared to the same month last year; it was up 19% year-to-date.


The containerboard operating rate was 95.9%, up 3.7 points from September 2019 and up 2.8 points year-to-date.


Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of September decreased 67,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 25,000 short tons compared to September 2019.


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