U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down 7% in May

June 26, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total printing-writing paper shipments were down 7 percent compared to May 2012, with total inventory levels increasing 1 percent from April.

Additional key findings in the monthly report show:

  • May shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 2 percent compared to May 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments up less than 1 percent compared to 2012. Imports of CFS papers increased 22 percent in April compared to the same period last year.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 5 percent year-over-year in May. For the year, shipments are down 4 percent in 2013. Imports of UFS in April increased 26 percent compared to April 2012.
  • May uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 11 percent when compared to May 2012, with year-over-year imports through April up 5 percent.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in May decreased 13 percent compared to May 2012. Shipments of CM are down 12 percent for the year, with imports through April up 14 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.

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)