U.S. packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in May 2021 increased 5% compared to May 2020. They were up 2% when compared to the same five months of 2020, as American Forest & Paper Association reported.
The operating rate was 87.6%, up 7.3 points from May 2020 and up 5.6 points year-to-date.
Mill inventories at the end of May decreased 2,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 short tons compared to May 2020.
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