Total US kraft paper shipments in April up 4.4% from March, to 133,500 tons, with shipments up 4.6% for unbleached kraft and up 2.6% for bleached kraft, while total inventories drop 3.6% month-over-month; year-to-date shipments 2% below year ago: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , May 16, 2014 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its April 2014 Kraft Paper Report today, using data from the 54th Annual Capacity Survey published May 14, 2014.

Total Kraft paper shipments were 133.5 thousand tons, 4.4 percent higher compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments were 2.6 percent higher than March, while unbleached Kraft paper shipments were 4.6 percent higher. Overall, shipments for the first four months of 2014 were 2 percent lower than the same period last year. Total month-end inventories decreased 3.6 percent compared to March.

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

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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 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $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.

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