In January 2019, U.S. containerboard production decreased 1% compared to January 2018. The month-over-month average daily production compared to December 2018 was 3.5% lower, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.
The containerboard operating rate was 93.1%, 1.8 percentage points lower than the same month last year. Production for export was 16.6% lower than January 2018, dropping below 400 thousand short tons for the first time since June 2017.
The American Forest & Paper Association serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy.