U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 3% in February

Uncoated free sheet paper shipments in February 2014 decreased 3 percent compared to February 2013.

March 26, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said that total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 3 percent in February compared to February 2013, with total inventories decreasing 3 percent from January levels.

Additional key findings:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in February decreased 5 percent compared to February 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014.
  • February coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments were down 1 percent compared to the same period in 2013.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 7 percent in February, the fifth year-over-year increase in the past six months. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up 2 percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in February decreased 6 percent compared to February 2013. Imports of CM in January were down 16 percent relative to the same period 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 $200 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