PaperAge Magazine

U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Up 12.3 Percent in April

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks In April 2018, Bag & Sack shipments were flat year-to-date, and Multiwall shipments were down 6.7 percent.

May 17, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report.

According to the report, total Packaging Papers shipments were up 12.3 percent compared to April 2017, but down 1.0 percent year-to-date.

  • Bag & Sack shipments were flat year-to-date
  • Multiwall shipments were down 6.7 percent
  • Converting shipments were down 0.4 percent
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.1 percent

The operating rate for April increased slightly to 92.9 percent from 92.7 percent in March. Inventories were down 0.8 percent since March.

The report can be purchased by contacting

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.