US containerboard production up 9% in March

U.S. containerboard production in March 2021 increased 9% compared to March 2020. It was up 2% when compared to the same three months of 2020.  March 2021 production of containerboard for export decreased 15% compared to the same month last year; it was down 25% year-to-date.

The containerboard operating rate was 98.4%, up 2.8 points from March 2020 and essentially flat (-0.3 pts.) year-to-date.

Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of March decreased 77,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 56,000 short tons compared to March 2020.

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