U.S. Shipments of Kraft Paper in February Declined 5.1% vs. January

Total Kraft paper shipments in February 2014 were 121.6 thousand tons, 5.1 percent lower compared to the prior month.

March 18, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2014 Kraft Paper Report which said total Kraft paper shipments were 121.6 thousand tons, 5.1 percent lower compared to the prior month.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments were 3 percent lower than January, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments were down 5.3 percent.

Overall, shipments for the first two months of 2014 were 4.5 percent lower than the same period last year. Total month-end inventories decreased 8.8 percent compared to January.

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

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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.