Total US output of containerboard in March up 8.7% month-over-month and up 3.8% year-over-year, but March operating rate fell to 94.6% from 96.3% a year ago, while March average daily production dropped 1.8% month-over-month: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , April 18, 2014 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2014 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report on April 16.

Containerboard production increased 8.7 percent from February and was 3.8 percent higher compared to the same month last year. The month-over-month average daily production decreased 1.8 percent. Shipments for March were 2,958.2 thousand tons, representing 166.2 billions of square feet. The containerboard operating rate for March decreased 1.7 points from February, from 96.3 percent to 94.6 percent.

The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448.

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