U.S. containerboard production up 4 percent


U.S. containerboard production through the end of August was up 4 percent compared to the same time last year, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) said in its August 2020 Containerboard Monthly Report.

Total containerboard production during the month of August remained essentially flat (+0.4 percent) compared to August 2019.

The August Containerboard Report also said:

  • August 2020 production of containerboard for export decreased 9 percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 23 percent year-to-date.
  • The containerboard operating rate was 92.1 percent, essentially flat (-0.4 pts.) compared to August 2019, and up 2.7 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of August increased by 35,000 short tons compared to the previous month and were up 68,000 short tons compared to August 2019.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-4716.

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