Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Down 3.3 Percent in February 2019
Total U.S. Packaging Papers shipments were down 3.3 percent from February 2018 and flat year-to-date.
March 19, 2019 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2019 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total U.S. Packaging Papers shipments were down 3.3 percent from February 2018 and flat year-to-date.
- Bag & Sack shipments were down 2.0 percent year-to-date;
- Multiwall shipments were up 4.4 percent;
- Food Wrapping shipments were up 0.9 percent;
- Converting shipments were down 0.6 percent.
The operating rate for February decreased to 89.5 percent compared to 91.3 percent in January, while inventories remained essentially flat since January and were 3.4 percent lower than the same month last year.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org.
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