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Total U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments Flat in March

Kraft Paper on winder Total U.S. Kraft paper shipments in March 2016 were 147.6 thousand short tons, flat compared to March 2015.

April 18, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its March 2016 Kraft Paper Report on April 18, which said total Kraft paper shipments were 147.6 thousand short tons flat compared to March 2015.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments decreased from 8.7 thousand short tons in February to 7.0 and unbleached Kraft paper increased from 131.1 to 140.6 thousand short tons.

Overall, shipments in the first three months of 2016 were 0.7 percent lower compared to the same period in 2015. Total month-end inventories decreased to 70.3 thousand short tons.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448.

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