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Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Increased 3.0 Percent in May 2018

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks In May 2018, Bag & Sack shipments were flat year-to-date, while Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.5 percent.

June 18, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total Packaging Papers shipments were up 3.0 percent compared to May 2017, but down 0.2 percent year-to-date.

  • Bag & Sack shipments were essentially flat year-to-date,
  • Multiwall shipments were down 3.3 percent,
  • Converting shipments were down 0.4 percent and,
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 3.5 percent.

The operating rate for May increased to 94.5 percent from 92.9 percent in April. Inventories were down 3.6 percent since April.

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