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Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Down 7.9 Percent in December 2018

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks In December, Bag and Sack shipments were up 4.4 percent year-to-date, and Multiwall shipments were down 1.4 percent.

Jan. 19, 2019 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its December 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total U.S. Packaging Papers shipments were down 7.9 percent from December 2017 but up 1.8 percent year-to-date.

In December:

  • Bag & Sack shipments were up 4.4 percent year-to-date;
  • Multiwall shipments were down 1.4 percent;
  • Converting shipments were up 0.5 percent;
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 1.9 percent.

The operating rate for December dropped to 87.0 percent compared to 89.5 percent in November. Inventories increased 2.2 percent since November and were 4.9 percent higher 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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