U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Essentially Flat in July

Aug. 21, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Associationx has released its July 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments were within 1 percent of the comparable shipments of July 2012, with total inventory levels increasing 3 percent from June.

Additional key findings:

  • June coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments of 322,600 tons brought the year-to-date CFS shipments essentially flat compared to 2012. U.S. imports of CFS papers increased 21 percent year-over-year in June.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased 2 percent year-over-year in July. For the year, shipments are down 3 percent in 2013. Imports of UFS were flat compared to June 2012, with exports of UFS up 10 percent.
  • July uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 3 percent when compared to July 2012, with year-over-year imports through June up 6 percent. UM exports are up 11 percent in 2013 compared to the first six months of 2012.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in July decreased 6 percent, the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year decreases. Shipments of CM are down 12 percent for the year, with imports down 3 percent year-over-year in June.

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)