U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments in January Up 19 percent over December

Feb. 26, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its January 2013 Kraft Paper Report, which said total Kraft paper shipments were 140.5 thousand tons, an increase of 19 percent compared to the prior month.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 17 percent, and unbleached Kraft paper shipments increased 7 percent year-over-year. As a result, total Kraft paper shipments begin the year 9 percent higher than 2012.

Total month-end Kraft paper inventory decreased 14 percent to 73.5 thousand tons this month compared to December 2012 month-end inventories.

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