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Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased Two Percent in November 2021

specialty packaging papers The operating rate Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging at the end of November was 85.1 percent, up 1.8 points from November 2020 and up 2.5 points year-to-date.

Dec. 17, 2021 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its November 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in November decreased two percent compared to November 2020. They were essentially flat (-0.1 percent) when compared to the same 11 months of 2020.

  • The operating rate was 85.1 percent, up 1.5 points from November 2020 and up 2.5 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of November increased 5,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 10,000 short tons compared to November 2020.

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

About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular in nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative – Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 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.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)


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