U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Fell 6% in July

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

Aug. 22, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2014 U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6 percent in July compared to July 2013, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6 percent in July compared to July 2013, with total paper inventories declining 1 percent compared to June.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in July decreased 10 percent compared to July 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014. Imports of UFS increased year-over-year for the eighth consecutive month and were up 20 percent in 2014, with imports from Indonesia having doubled relative to the same six months in 2013.
  • July coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 1 percent compared to 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are down 1 percent and imports through June are down 2 percent.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 7 percent in July, the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up 4 percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in July decreased 11 percent relative to July 2013 and are down 6 percent for the year. Imports of CM in June were down 17 percent compared to June 2013 and CM exports increased 33 percent year-over-year in June but are down 2 percent YTD.

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.

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SOURCE: AF&PA