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Total U.S. Boxboard Production Decreased Five Percent in Q1 2023

Graphic Packaging paperboard The boxboard operating rate in the first quarter of 2023 was 87.8%, down 6.1 points from Q1 2022.

April 28, 2023 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its Q1 2023 Boxboard report. According to the report, total boxboard production in Q1 decreased 5% compared to Q1 2022. The boxboard operating rate was 87.8%, down 6.1 points from Q1 2022.

  • Solid Bl. Folding - Domestic production decreased 8% compared to Q1 2022.
  • Recycled Boxboard - Coated production increased 3% compared to Q1 2022.

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 by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle 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 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states.


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