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Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Increased Two Percent in February 2020

Packaging Paper - Multiwall bags and sacks

March 17, 2020 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its February 2020 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in February increased two percent compared to February 2019. They were down one percent when compared to the same two months of 2019.

The operating rate was 86.9 percent, down 1.0 points from February 2019 and down 2.0 points year-to-date.

Mill inventories at the end of February remained essentially flat (+77 short tons) from the previous month and were down 6,000 short tons compared to February 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.