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Total U.S. Boxboard Production Decreased Eleven Percent in Q2 2023

paperboard The boxboard operating rate in Q2 2023 was 86.6%, down 7.6 points from Q2 2022.

Aug. 2, 2023 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its Q2 2023 Boxboard report. According to the report, total boxboard production in Q2 decreased 11% compared to Q2 2022. The boxboard operating rate was 86.6%, down 7.6 points from Q2 2022.

  • Solid Bleached Plate, Dish & Tray - Domestic production decreased 6.4% compared to Q2 2022 and increased 0.7% for the year-to-date.
  • Recycled Boxboard - Coated production was down 3% when compared to the same six months of 2022.
  • Uncoated Recycled Boxboard operating rate was 83.7%, down 8.9 points from Q2 2022 and down 10.1 points year-to-date.

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 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.


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