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American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2019 Containerboard Report

Apr 17, 2019

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
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WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2019 Containerboard Monthly report on April 16.

Containerboard production decreased 8.6 percent compared to March 2018 and was down 3.9 percent year-to-date. The average daily production compared to February 2019 was 3.5 percent lower. The containerboard operating rate was 86.4 percent, 10.4 points lower than the same month last year and down 6.1 points year-to-date. Production for export bounced back from the lowest volume in nearly a decade back in February, but was nevertheless down 21.6 percent year-to-date.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. 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 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 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.