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U.S. Kraft Paper Shipments in May Down 1.3 Percent

Kraft Paper on winder Total U.S. Kraft paper shipments in May 2016 were 138.0 thousand short tons, 1.3 percent lower compared to May 2015.

June 16, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its May 2016 Kraft Paper Report which said total Kraft paper shipments were 138.0 thousand short tons, 1.3 percent lower compared to May 2015.

Bleached Kraft paper shipments decreased from 8.5 thousand short tons in April to 7.0 while unbleached Kraft paper increased from 129.3 to 131.0 thousand short tons.

Overall, shipments in the first five months of 2016 were 1.1 percent lower compared to the same period in 2015. Total month-end inventories increased from 76.2 to 79.2 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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