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Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased 7 Percent in January 2023

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Feb. 15, 2023 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released the January 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in January decreased 7% compared to January 2022.

  • The bleached packaging papers operating rate was 78.6%, down 6.9 points from January 2022.
  • Shipments of the biggest subgrade in unbleached packaging papers — bag & sack — were down 4.2% from prior January.

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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