US packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments increased 14% in September

U.S. packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in September 2020 increased 14% compared to September 2019. They were up 4% when compared to the same nine months of 2019, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.


The operating rate was 92.3%, up 6.7 points from September 2019 and essentially flat (-0.1 pts.) year-to-date.


Mill inventories at the end of September decreased 3,000 short tons from the previous month, and were up 12,000 short tons compared to September 2019.


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