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Total U.S. Packaging Papers Shipments Down 13.0 Percent in July 2019

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks In July, Bag and Sack shipments were down 3.1 percent year-to-date, and Multiwall shipments were down 11.8 percent.

July 18, 2019 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2019 Packaging Papers and Specialty Packaging monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers shipments were down 13.0 percent from July 2018 and down 4.6 percent year-to-date.

In July:

  • Bag and sack shipments were down 3.1 percent year-to-date;
  • Multiwall shipments were down 11.8 percent;
  • Food Wrapping shipments were up 4.1 percent, and;
  • Converting shipments were down 7.1 percent.

The operating rate for July dropped to 81.6 percent compared to 86.2 percent in June. Inventory levels decreased one percent from June.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.