U.S. containerboard production in August 2020 remained essentially flat (+0.4%) compared to August 2019. It was up 4% when compared to the same eight months of 2019, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.
August 2020 production of containerboard for export decreased 9% compared to the same month last year; it was up 23% year-to-date.
The containerboard operating rate was 92.1%, essentially flat (-0.4 pts.) from August 2019 and up 2.7 points year-to-date.
Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of August increased 35,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 68,000 short tons compared to August 2019.
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