Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down 6% in August

Total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6 percent in August compared to August 2014, with imports of UFS decreasing 29 percent year-over-year in July.

Sept. 22, 2015 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its August 2015 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6 percent in August compared to August 2014. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased less than one-half of one percent from July.

  • Uncoated free sheet(UFS) paper shipments were essentially flat compared to August 2014, with imports of UFS decreasing 29 percent year-over-year in July.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 7 percent compared to August 2014. Imports of CFS papers decreased 15 percent in July, the second year-over-year decrease in the past 12 months.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13 percent when compared with August 2014. Imports of UM papers were down 16 percent in July, the thirteenth consecutive monthly decline.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in August decreased 18 percent relative to August 2014. Imports of CM increased in July, up 29 percent, while exports of CM were down 34 percent, the second decrease in the past six months.

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 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 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: AF&PA