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

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 13 percent compared to November 2012.

Dec. 27, 22, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its November 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which total printing-writing paper shipments were down 6 percent in November compared to November 2012.

Total printing-writing inventory levels increased 4 percent from October.

Additional key findings:

  • November coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments decreased 13 percent compared to November 2012, with YTD shipments through November down 2 percent relative to 2012 levels. Exports of CFS were down 5 percent compared to the first 10 months of 2012.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 4 percent in November, with year-to-date shipments lagging 2012 levels by 2 percent. UFS inventories increased 7 percent from October to November.
  • November uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 14 percent compared to 2012 and down 8 percent YTD compared to the same period in 2012. Year-over-year imports of UM through October were up 8 percent, with exports also exceeding 2012 levels by 8 percent.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in November decreased 10 percent compared to November 2012. Shipments of CM were down 10 percent for the year in 2013. Exports of CM increased 24 percent in October.

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)