U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Dipped 1% in October

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased 3 percent in October, but were offset by decreases in coated paper shipments.

Nov. 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its October 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total printing-writing paper shipments were down 1 percent in October compared to October 2012. Increases in year-over-year shipments of uncoated grades were offset by decreases in coated paper shipments.

Additional key findings:

  • October coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments decreased 4 percent compared to October 2012, with YTD shipments through October down 1 percent relative to 2012 levels. Exports of CFS in September were down 14 percent compared to September last year.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased 3 percent in October to 773,400 tons, the highest level since March 2012. For the year, shipments are down 2 percent in 2013.
  • October uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments were flat compared to 2012 and down 10 percent year-to-date compared to the same period in 2012. Imports of UFS through September increased 9 percent year-over-year.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in October decreased 6 percent compared to October 2012. Shipments of CM are down 10 percent for the year in 2013. Exports of CM decreased 16 percent in September, down 21 percent year-to-date.

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)