US containerboard production up nine per cent in 3Q 2021

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has published its Q3 2021 Containerboard Quarterly report. According to the report, total containerboard production in Q3 increased nine percent compared to Q3 2020. It was up seven percent when compared to the same nine months of 2020.

Q3 2021 production of containerboard for export rose ten percent compared to the same quarter last year; it was down 15 percent year-to-date.

The containerboard operating rate in Q3 2021 was 95.6 percent, up 1.7 points from Q3 2020 and up 1.5 points year-to-date.

Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of September increased 35,000 short tons from the end of the previous quarter and were up 19,000 short tons compared to September 2020.