U.S. containerboard production up 2 percent for quarter


U.S. containerboard production during the first quarter of 2021 improved by 2 percent compared to the same period in 2020, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) reported.

Production in March was up 9 percent compared to March 2020, when pandemic-related business closings went into effect.

  • Other highlights from AF&PA’s monthly containerboard report included:
    March 2021 production of containerboard for export decreased 15 percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 25 percent year-to-date;
  • The containerboard operating rate was 98.4 percent, up 2.8 points from March 2020 and essentially flat (-0.3 points) year-to-date;
  • Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of March decreased by 77,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 56,000 short tons compared to March 2020.
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