U.S. packaging papers and specialty packaging shipments in August increased 1%, compared to August 2019. They were up 3% when compared to the same eight months of 2019, as American Forest & Paper Association reported.
The operating rate was 85.2%, down 2.7 points from August 2019 and down 1.0 points year-to-date.
Mill inventories at the end of August increased 4,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 12,000 short tons compared to August 2019.
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