US kraft paper shipments in July up 3.1% from June, to 135,500 tonnes but down 2.7% year-over-year through first seven months, due to 4.8% drop in unbleached kraft paper shipments; kraft paper inventory at end of June up 2.5% from month earlier: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , August 16, 2013 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2013 Kraft Paper Report.

The American Forest & Paper Association released its July 2013 Kraft Paper Report today. Total Kraft paper shipments were 135.5 thousand tons, an increase of 3.1 percent compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 11.4 percent, but the 4.8 percent year-over-year decline in unbleached Kraft paper shipments was enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 2.7 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventory increased 2.5 percent to 73 thousand tons this month compared to June 2013 month-end inventories.

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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