U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments in March Down 5%

April 19, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association in its March 2012 U.S. Kraft Paper Sector Report said that total Kraft paper shipments were 142.9 thousand tons — a decrease of 5.0% compared to March 2011. Total inventory was 80.5 thousand tons in March.

Additional key findings from the report include:

  • Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to March 2011, but increased when compared to last month.
  • Total Bleached Kraft shipments increased compared to last March.

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AF&PA's March 2012 U.S. Paperboard Report said that total boxboard production decreased by 3.6% compared to March 2011, but increased 3.9% from February.

The report also showed:

  • Unbleached Kraft Folding production decreased over March 2011, and decreased compared to last month.
  • Total Solid Bleached Boxboard & Liner production decreased compared to February 2011, but increased compared to February 2012.
  • The production of Recycled Folding decreased compared to February 2011, but increased when compared to last month.
  • Inventory of Solid Bleached Kraft Paperboard increased over a year ago.

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 $190 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.

SOURCE: AF&PA