U.S. Shipments of Printing-Writing Papers in January Fell 11 Percent

Uncoated free sheet paper shipments in January 2014 decreased 11 percent compared to January of last year.

Feb. 25, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its January 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in January compared to January 2013, with decreases in all four printing-writing grades.

Additional key findings:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in January decreased 11 percent compared to January 2013, with inventories increasing 5 percent over December levels.
  • January coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments decreased 4 percent compared to the same period in 2013 to 323,000 tons.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 2 percent in January, the first year-over-year decline in the past seven months.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments of 231,400 tons in January decreased 10 percent compared to January 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)