U.S. Containerboard Production Decreased in April 2014

In April, containerboard production fell 5.6% compared to March.

May, 19, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2014 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report, using data from the 54th Annual Capacity Survey published on May 14, 2014.

Containerboard production in April decreased 5.6 percent from March and was 0.8 percent lower compared to the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production decreased 2.4 percent.

Containerboard shipments for April were 2,817.5 thousand tons, representing 160.2 billions of square feet.

The containerboard operating rate for April decreased 1.2 points from March, from 95.9 percent to 94.7 percent.

The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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