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U.S. Containerboard Production Decreased 1% in March

Containerboard on reel U.S. containerboard production in March 2016 was was 1.1 percent lower compared to March 2015.

April 19, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2016 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report which said containerboard production was 1.1 percent lower compared to March 2015. The month-over-month average daily production compared to February 2016 was 2.6 percent lower.

The containerboard operating rate for March decreased to 94.4 percent and the year-to-date operating rate of 94.9 percent was 0.6 percentage points lower compared to the same period in 2015.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448.

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