US shipments of packaging papers in December 2021 up 1% year-over-year; mill inventories down 3,000 short tons from November 2021, up 6,000 short tons year-over-year; operating rate at 84.9%, up 3.3 points year-over-year, up 2.6 points year-to-date: AF&PA

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WASHINGTON , January 20, 2022 (press release) –

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its December 2021 Packaging Papers & Specialty Packaging Monthly report.

Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in December increased one percent compared to December 2020. They were essentially flat (+0.0 percent) when compared to the same 12 months of 2020.

The operating rate was 84.9 percent, up 3.3 points from December 2020 and up 2.6 points year-to-date.

Mill inventories at the end of December decreased 3,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 6,000 short tons compared to December 2020.

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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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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