U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Fell 12% in February

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments in February 2013 were down 10% over Feb. 2012.

March 25, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association released its February 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said that total printing-writing paper shipments were down 12 percent from February 2012.

Additional key findings:

  • February shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 5 percent compared to February 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments up less than 1 percent relative to 2012.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments of 701,700 tons in February were 10 percent below the same period last year, with imports increasing 14 percent year-over-year in January.
  • February uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 22 percent when compared to February 2012.
  • February shipments of coated mechanical (CM) decreased 20 percent compared to February 2012 to 218,900 tons, the lowest total since before 1995.

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 approximately $190 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.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)