U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down 6% in March

May 3, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association in its March 2013 U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Report said that total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments were down 6 percent compared to March 2012.

Additional key findings in the report show:

  • March shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased less than 1 percent compared to March 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments essentially flat through the first quarter.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments of 753,000 tons in March were 6 percent below the same period last year, with imports increasing 12 percent year-over-year in February and exports declining 12 percent.
  • March uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13 percent when compared to March 2012, with year-over-year exports through February up 28 percent.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 9 percent compared to March 2012 to 247,800 tons. Imports of coated mechanical increased year-over-year through February, up 12 percent.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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