U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Fell 7% in May

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in May decreased 10 percent compared to May 2013.

June 26, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7 percent in May compared to May 2013, with total paper inventories increasing 2 percent from April levels.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in May decreased 10 percent compared to May 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014. Year-to-date UFS imports through April are up 19 percent compared to the same period in 2013.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments in May decreased 6 percent compared to the first five months of 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are essentially down 1 percent and imports through April are down 4 percent.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 8 percent in May, the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up 3 percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in May decreased 7 percent relative to May 2013, the second year-over-year decrease in the last three months. Imports of CM through April were down 12 percent relative to the same four month period in 2013.

The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

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