U.S. Total Kraft Paper Shipments Up 2.3% in June

July 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2013 Kraft Paper Report which said total Kraft paper shipments were 131.4 thousand tons, an increase of 2.3 percent compared to the prior month.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 5.7 percent, and the 2.8 percent year-over-year decline in unbleached Kraft paper shipments were enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 1.5 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventory increased 0.7 percent to 71.2 thousand tons this month compared to May 2013 month-end inventories.

The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $190 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.