U.S. Industry Consumption of Recovered Paper Fell in November

In November, inventories of recovered paper increased for most grades.

Dec. 21, 2012 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its November 2012 U.S. Recovered Fiber Monthly Report which said total U.S. industry consumption of recovered paper in November was 2.36 million tons, 5 percent lower than in October 2012. Inventories increased for most grades.

Year-to-date total consumption in 2012 is 4 percent lower than during the same period last year.

U.S. exports of recovered paper showed strong gains across all grades, except for High Grade Deinking. Corrugated exports increased to levels not seen since April 2011.

Year-to-date exports of recovered paper in 2012 are 6 percent lower than during the same period in 2011.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at: Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)