U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down in August

Uncoated free sheet paper shipments decreased 3 percent in August.

Aug. 21, 2013 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its August 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4 percent in August compared to August 2012.

Additional key findings:

  • August coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments decreased 5 percent compared to August 2012, with year-to-date shipments through August essentially flat compared to 2012. U.S. imports of CFS papers decreased 6 percent year-over-year in July.
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 3 percent in August. For the year, shipments are down 3 percent in 2013. U.S. exports of UFS papers in July increased year-over-year for the fourth consecutive month.
  • August uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 7 percent when compared to August 2012, with year-over-year imports through June up 6 percent. UM exports are up 12 percent in 2013 compared to the first seven months of 2012.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in August decreased 6 percent compared to August 2012. Shipments of CM are down 11 percent for the year, with imports up 4 percent year-over-year through July.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data 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)