The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its August 2023 Packaging Papers Monthly report. According to the report, total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in August decreased 4% compared to August 2022. They were down 3% when compared to the same 8 months of 2022.
- Shipments of the biggest subgrade in bleached packaging papers — food wrapping — were 25,900 short tons for the month of August, down 16.4% year-to-date.
- The unbleached packaging papers operating rate was 83.7%, down 9.6 points from August 2023 and down 9.4 points year-to-date.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-4716.