US packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments increased in August

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its August 2020 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers and specialty packaging shipments in August increased one percent compared to August 2019. They were up three percent when compared to the same eight months of 2019.

The operating rate was 85.2 percent, down 2.7 points from August 2019 and down 1.0 points year-to-date.

Mill inventories at the end of August increased 4,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 12,000 short tons compared to August 2019.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.