US packaging papers shipments in January down 2% year-over-year; mill inventories down 5,000 tons from December 2021 and were down 7,000 tons year-over-year; operating rate was 86.3%, down from 87.3% a year ago: AF&PA

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WASHINGTON , February 25, 2022 (press release) –

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its January 2022 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report.

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in January decreased two percent compared to January 2021.

  • The operating rate was 86.3 percent, down 1.0 points from January 2021.
  • Mill inventories at the end of January decreased 5,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 7,000 short tons compared to January 2021.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

CONTACT: Tim Ebner
(202) 463-2436,

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper. 

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