Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Dipped 2% in March

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in March decreased 6 percent compared to March 2013.

April 23, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its March 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 2 percent in March compared to March 2013, with increases in year-over-year shipments in uncoated mechanical and coated freesheet grades.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in March decreased 6 percent compared to March 2013. Year-to-date shipments are down 7 percent in 2014.
  • March coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 4 percent, the first year-over-year increase in eight months. Year-to-date shipments of coated freesheet grades are essentially flat compared to 2013.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments also increased 4 percent in March, the sixth year-over-year increase in the past seven months. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up 2 percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 4 percent compared to March 2013 to 237,000 tons. Imports of CM through February were down 9 percent relative to the same period in 2013.

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

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