The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2017 U.S. Containerboard Statistics Report on January 16, 2018. Containerboard production was up 3.6% compared to December 2016 and up 3.1% year-to-date. The month-over-month average daily production was 1.8% higher compared to November 2017. The containerboard operating rate for December increased from 96.9 to 98.9%, 2.4 percentage points higher than December of 2016 and production for exports was 3.3% higher than December 2016. Year-to-date production of containerboard for exports is up 4.1%.
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