U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Down 3.3% in May

JUne 21, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2013 Kraft Paper Report which said total Kraft paper shipments were 128.5 thousand tons, a decrease of 3.3 percent compared to the prior month.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 24.5 percent, but the 11.5 percent year-over-year decline in the larger category of Unbleached Kraft paper shipments was enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 7 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventory increased 6.3 percent to 70.7 thousand tons this month compared to April 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.