U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Down in October, Y/Y

Nov. 17, 2011 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA )released its October 2011 Kraft Paper Sector Report, which said total Kraft paper shipments were 124.8 thousand tons, a decrease of 6.9% compared to October 2010. Total inventory was 81.6 thousand tons this month.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to October 2010.
  • Total Bleached Kraft shipments increased compared the same month last year for the eighth time in 2011.

The American Forest & Paper Association (www.afandpa.org) is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 48 states.