Total U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Rose in March

April 16, 2015 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2015 Kraft Paper Report which said total Kraft paper shipments were 130.4 thousand short tons, 1.9 percent higher than March 2014.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased from 8.3 thousand tons in February 2015 to 8.9, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments increased from 108.6 thousand tons to 121.4.

Overall, shipments for the first three months of 2015 were 3.8 percent lower than the same period in 2014. Total month-end inventories increased to 85.8 thousand tons.

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