Total U.S. kraft paper shipments in September down 13.4% year-over-year to 124,600 tons; total inventory at 80,900 tons: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , October 17, 2011 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its September 2011 Kraft Paper Sector Report today. Total Kraft paper shipments were 124.6 thousand tons, an decrease of 13.4% compared to September 2010. Total inventory was 80.9 thousand tons.

Additional key findings from the report include:

§ Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to September 2010.

§ Total Bleached Kraft shipments stayed essentially flat compared the same month last year, however, year to date shipments increased compared to the same nine months in 2010.

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 48 states. Visit AF&PA online at

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