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U.S. Containerboard Production Increased 4.0 Percent in January 2020

WestRock containerboard The containerboard operating rate in January 2020 was 95.1 percent, up 3.0 points from January 2019.

Feb. 25, 2020 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its January 2020 U.S. Containerboard Monthly report. According to the report, total containerboard production in January increased four percent compared to January 2019.

January 2020 production of containerboard for export increased 36 percent compared to the same month last year.

The containerboard operating rate was 95.1 percent, up 3.0 points from January 2019.

Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of January decreased 31,000 short tons from the previous month, and were up 5,000 short tons compared to January 2019.

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.