Total U.S. Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Shipments Essentially Flat in July 2023

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the July 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in July remained essentially flat (+0.4%) compared to July 2022. They were down 3% when compared to the same 7 months of 2022.

Shipments of the biggest subgrade in unbleached packaging papers — bag & sack — were 89,400 short tons for the month of July, down 1.1% year-to-date.

The bleached packaging papers operating rate was 78.0%, up 5.4 points from July 2022 and down 2.2 points year-to-date.,same%207%20months%20of%202022.

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