U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 5% in June

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in June decreased 5% percent compared to June 2013.

July 24, 2014 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 5 percent in June compared to June 2013, with total paper inventories flat compared to May.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in June decreased 8 percent compared to June 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014. Imports of UFS increased year-over-year for the seventh consecutive month, and were up 19 percent in 2014 relative to the same five month period in 2013.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 1 percent compared to 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are also down 1 percent and imports through May are down 3 percent.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 7 percent in June, the fifth 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 June decreased 8 percent relative to June 2013 and are down 5 percent for the year. Imports of CM through May were down 12 percent compared to the same period in 2013 and CM exports increased 25 percent in May, the first year-over-year increase in the past seven months.

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

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