Total US kraft paper shipments up 9.4% in December from November, to 125,500 tons, but down year-over-year by 1.5%; inventories at end of December flat compared to month earlier: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , January 16, 2014 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association released its December 2013 Kraft Paper Report today.

Total Kraft paper shipments were 125.5 thousand tons, 9.4 percent higher compared to the prior month. Bleached Kraft paper shipments increased year-over-year 6.2 percent, but the 2.6 percent year-over-year decline in unbleached Kraft paper shipments was enough to bring overall Kraft paper shipments down 1.5 percent year-over-year. Total month-end inventories were essentially flat compared to November 2013.

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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