U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Fell 15% in February vs. January

March 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2013 Kraft Paper Report, which said that total Kraft paper shipments were 119,000 tons — a decrease of 15 percent compared to the prior month.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 13 percent, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments decreased 13 percent year-over-year.

As a result, total Kraft paper shipments are down slightly less than one percent compared to the first two months of 2012.

Total month-end inventory decreased 3 percent to 71.3 thousand tons this month compared to January 2013 month-end inventories.

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