The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its December 2020 Containerboard Monthly report. Total Containerboard production in December increased three percent compared to December 2019. It was up 4% when compared to the same 12 months of 2019.
- December 2020 production of containerboard for export decreased 22% compared to the same month last year; it was up 9% year-to-date.
- The containerboard operating rate was 93.7%, essentially flat (-0.1 pts.) from December 2019 and up 2.3 points year-to-date.
- Mill inventories of containerboard at the end of December increased 3,000 short tons from the previous month and were up 3,000 short tons compared to December 2019.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting [email protected] – from the beginning in 2021, AF&PA will publish the Containerboard reports on a quarterly basis; the reports will still contain the monthly data. The first report with 2021 data will be published in April 2021.