U.S. Shipments of Printing-Writing Papers Rose in December

Uncoated free sheet paper shipments in December 2013 increased 4 percent compared to December 2012.

Jan. 31, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its December 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments increased 2 percent in December compared to December 2012, with increases in uncoated papers more than offsetting decreases in coated grades.

Additional key findings:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in December increased year-over-year for the fourth time in the last six months, with shipments 4 percent ahead of December 2012. For the year, uncoated free sheet shipments were 2 percent below 2012 levels. in December increased year-over-year for the fourth time in the last six months, with shipments 4 percent ahead of December 2012. For the year, uncoated free sheet shipments were 2 percent below 2012 levels.
  • December coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments decreased 4 percent compared to December 2012, with 2013 shipments down 2 percent relative to the same twelve months of 2012. decreased 4 percent compared to December 2012, with 2013 shipments down 2 percent relative to the same twelve months of 2012.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 12 percent in December compared to December2012, the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. increased 12 percent in December compared to December2012, the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year increases.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments of 244,500 tons in December decreased 1 percent compared to December 2012 and were down 9 percent for the year in 2013.

The report 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)