WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its September 2017 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report on October 17.
Total Packaging Papers shipments were 222,200 tons, 3.4% lower than September 2016. Bag & Sack shipments were up 3.8% year-to-date, while Food Wrapping shipments were down 7.8% over the same period. The operating rate for September 2017 was 87.9%, while the year-to-date rate was 88.7%. Inventories were 168,300 tons, down slightly since August.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org.