Total U.S. Packaging Papers and Specialty Packaging Shipments Decreased 4 Percent in August 2023

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 or 202-463-4716.


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