American Forest & Paper Association Releases September 2021 Packaging Papers Monthly Report

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its September 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report.

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in September decreased seven percent compared to September 2020. They were up one percent when compared to the same nine months of 2020.

  • The operating rate was 86.8 percent, down 4.5 points from September 2020 and up 3.4 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of September decreased 2,000 short tons from the previous month and were essentially flat (-815 short tons) compared to September 2020.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 202-463-4716.

Source: AF&PA