Total U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments in August Increased 7.8% over August 2014

Total U.S. Kraft paper shipments were 143.6 thousand short tons, 7.8 percent higher compared to August 2014.

Sept. 18, 2015 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its August 2015 Kraft Paper Report today, which said total Kraft paper shipments were 143.6 thousand short tons, 7.8 percent higher compared to August 2014.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased slightly from 8.6 thousand short tons in July 2015 to 8.7, while unbleached Kraft paper decreased from 138.6 to 134.9 thousand short tons.

Overall, year-to-date shipments up to August 2015 were 1.8 percent higher compared to the same period in 2014. Total month-end inventories decreased to 73.6 thousand short tons.

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 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.

SOURCE: AF&PA