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Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Down 1.6% in October

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks In October, total Packaging Papers shipments were 223,400 tons, 1.6 percent lower than October 2016.

Nov. 15, 2017 - The American Forest & Paper Association today released its October 2017 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. Total Packaging Papers shipments were 223,400 tons, 1.6 percent lower than October 2016. Bag & Sack shipments are up 3.3 percent year-to-date, while Food Wrapping shipments are down 7.1 percent over the same period.

The operating rate for October 2017 was 85.5 percent, while the year-to-date rate was 88.3 percent.

Inventories were 167,800 tons, down slightly since September.

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