US packaging papers, specialty packaging shipments in May up 1% year-over-year; mill inventories down 2,000 tons from April and down 8,000 tons year-over-year; operating rate was 88%, essentially flat from year ago: AF&PA

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WASHINGTON , June 16, 2022 (press release) –

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

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in May increased 1 percent compared to May 2021. They were up 1 percent when compared to the same 5 months of 2021. 

  • The operating rate was 88 percent, essentially flat (+0.2 pts.) from May 2021 and up 1.1 points year-to-date.
  • Mill inventories at the end of May decreased 2,000 short tons from the previous month and were down 8,000 short tons compared to May 2021.


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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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