Total U.S. kraft paper shipments in February down 8.4% year-over-year to 121,000 tons; total inventory at 82,800 tons: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , March 15, 2012 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2012 Kraft Paper Sector Report today. Total Kraft paper shipments were 121.0 thousand tons, a decrease of 8.4% compared to February 2011. Total inventory was 82.8 thousand tons this month.

Additional key findings from the report include:

§ Total Unbleached Kraft shipments decreased compared to February 2011, but increased when compared to last month.

§ Total Bleached Kraft shipments stayed constant compared to last February.

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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