WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the December 2022 Packaging Papers Monthly report on January 18.
Total packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in December decreased 13% compared to December 2021. They were down 4% for the year compared to 2021.
Shipments of the biggest subgrade in bleached packaging papers – food wrapping – were 27,000 short tons for the month of December.
Unbleached packaging papers & specialty packaging shipments in December decreased 12% compared to December 2021. They were down 2% for the year compared to 2021.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at
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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.