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Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Flat in November 2018

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks In November, Bag & Sack shipments were up 5.3 percent year-to-date, and Multiwall shipments were up 0.3 percent.

Dec. 18, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its November 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total Packaging Papers shipments were essentially flat compared to November 2017 and up 2.8 percent year-to-date.

In November:

  • Bag & Sack shipments were up 5.3 percent year-to-date;
  • Multiwall shipments were up 0.3 percent;
  • Converting shipments were up 1.0 percent;
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 2.5 percent.

The operating rate for November dropped to 89.5 percent compared to 95.6 percent in October. Inventories increased 7.1 percent since October but were 1.7 percent lower than the same month last year.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting

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