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Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Increased 4.5 Percent in January 2019

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks

Feb. 25, 2019 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its January 2019 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total Packaging Papers shipments were up 4.5 percent from January 2018.

In January:

  • Bag & Sack shipments were down 2.5 percent month-over-month;
  • Multiwall shipments were up 12 percent;
  • Converting shipments were up 12.2 percent;
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 2.4 percent.

The operating rate for January increased to 92.5 percent compared to 87.0 percent in December 2018.

Inventories decreased 2.4 percent since December and were 1.3 percent lower than the same month last year.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data 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 $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 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.