American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2018 U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report

Total Packaging Papers shipments were down 6.6 percent compared to March 2017 and down 6.5 percent year-to-date. Bag & Sack shipments were down 8.3 percent year-to-date. Multiwall shipments were down 12.6 percent. Converting shipments were down 2.8 percent and Food Wrapping shipments remained essentially flat. The operating rate for March decreased to 87.4 percent from 88.5 percent in February. Inventories were up 1.4 percent since February.

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