As per the report stated by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, the total containerboard product has decreased by 4% in comparison to September 2018. September’s production of containerboard for export has diminished to 20% in comparison to September 2018. The operating rate for the same was 93%, down by 4% from last year and 6.1% points down year to date.
Mill Inventories diminished 22,000 short tons at the end of September and were up by 27,000 short tons compared with September 2018. AF&PA reports in its September 2019 Boxboard Monthly report that total boxboard production in September decreased by 3% in comparison to 2018. The boxboard operating rate was 91.1 percent, down 2.2 points from September 2018 and down 1.3 points year to date.