American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2021 Containerboard Monthly Report

Total Containerboard production in March increased nine percent compared to March 2020. It was up two percent when compared to the same three months of 2020.

March 2021 production of containerboard for export decreased 15 percent compared to the same month last year; it was down 25 percent year-to-date.

The containerboard operating rate was 98.4 percent, up 2.8 points from March 2020 and essentially flat (-0.3 pts.) year-to-date.

Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of March decreased 77,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 56,000 short tons compared to March 2020.

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