American Forest & Paper Association Releases May 2019 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly Report

Total packaging papers shipments were down 7.2 percent from May 2018 and down 2.4 percent year-to-date. Bag and sack shipments were down 0.6 percent year-to-date; multiwall shipments were down 7.5 percent; food wrapping shipments were essentially flat; and converting shipments were down 2.8 percent. The operating rate for May decreased to 85.2 percent compared to 88.4 percent in April. Inventory levels decreased 2.3 percent from April.

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