U.S. Consumption of Recovered Paper Decreased in July

Aug. 27, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report, which said total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in July was 2.43 million tons, less than 1 percent lower than June 2012. Year-to-date consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year.

According to the report, U.S. exports of recovered paper, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau, dropped 3 percent in June compared to May, led by a steep decrease in Pulp Substitutes exports to China.

Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 5.5 percent lower than during the same period in 2011.

The complete report with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Dina Menton (dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202-463-2710).

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 47 states.