Total containerboard production in December increased 2% compared to December 2018 and was down 4% when compared to the same 12 months of 2018, according to the American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) December 2019 Containerboard Monthly Report.
December 2019 production of containerboard for export increased 11% compared to the same month last year; it was down 13% year-to-date. The containerboard operating rate was 94.4%, up 0.6 points from December 2018 and down 4.8 points year-to-date.
Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of December increased 3,000 short tons from the previous month and were essentially flat (+1,964 short tons) compared to December 2018.
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