In January 2019, U.S. total packaging papers shipments were up 4.5% from January 2018, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.
Bag & sack shipments were down 2.5% month-over-month; multiwall shipments were up 12%; converting shipments were up 12.2%; and food wrapping shipments were up 2.4%.
The operating rate for January increased to 92.5% compared to 87% in December 2018. Inventories decreased 2.4% since December and were 1.3% lower than the same month last year.
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.