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Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Increased Four Percent in April 2021

specialty packaging papers The operating rate for packaging papers & specialty packaging in April was 95.1 percent, up 9.6 points from April 2020 and up 5.2 points year-to-date.

May 24, 2021 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its April 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report.

According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in April increased four percent compared to April 2020. They were up one percent when compared to the same four months of 2020.

  • The operating rate was 95.1 percent, up 9.6 points from April 2020 and up 5.2 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of April increased 9,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 20,000 short tons compared to April 2020.

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 AF&PA on Twitter @ForestandPaper.


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