U.S Kraft Paper Shipments Declined in December 2012

Jan. 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association's December 2012 U.S. Kraft Paper Report said that total Kraft paper shipments were 118,000 tons, a decrease of 12 percent compared to the prior month.

While bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year by 22 percent, the 17 percent year-over-year decline in shipments of the larger segment — unbleached Kraft paper — was significant enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down compared to 2011.

Total Kraft paper month-end inventory increased 13 percent to 85.7 thousand tons in December compared to November 2012 month-end inventories.

The complete survey with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon (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)