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Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased Two Percent in February 2022

kraft paper specialty packaging The operating rate for Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging in February 2022 was 86.8 percent, down 1.1 points from February 2021 and down 1.0 points year-to-date.

March 17, 2022 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its February 2022 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in February decreased two percent compared to February 2021. They were down two percent when compared to the same two months of 2021.

  • The operating rate was 86.8 percent, down 1.1 points from February 2021 and down 1.0 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of February increased two thousand short tons from the previous month, and were down 11 thousand short tons compared to February 2021.

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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