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U.S. Containerboard Production Increased One Percent in June 2020

WestRock containerboard The containerboard operating rate in June 2020 was 90.1 percent, up 1.8 points from June 2019 and up 3.9 points year-to-date.

July 17, 2020 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its June 2020 Containerboard Monthly report. According to the report, total containerboard production in June increased one percent compared to June 2019. It was up five percent when compared to the same six months of 2019.

June 2020 production of containerboard for export increased five percent compared to the same month last year; it was up 34 percent year-to-date.

The containerboard operating rate was 90.1 percent, up 1.8 points from June 2019 and up 3.9 points year-to-date.

Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of June decreased 4,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 48,000 short tons compared to June 2019.

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