Total U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Increased 1.5% in March

In March. total U.S. Kraft paper shipments were 123.4 thousand tons.

April 21, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2014 Kraft Paper Report which said total U.S. Kraft paper shipments were 123.4 thousand tons, 1.5 percent higher compared to the prior month.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments were 17.3 percent higher than February, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments were essentially flat.

Overall, shipments for the first three months of 2014 were 5.3 percent lower than the same period last year. Total month-end inventories were also essentially flat compared to February.

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 $200 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.

SOURCE: AF&PA