American Forest & Paper Association Releases February 2014 Printing-Writing Report

Mar 21, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 3 percent in February compared to February 2013, with total inventories decreasing 3 percent from January levels.

Additional key findings:

        Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments
in February decreased 5 percent
        compared to February 2013. YTD shipments are down 8 percent in 2014.

        February coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments
were down 1 percent
        compared to the same period in 2013.

        Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments
increased 7 percent in February,
        the fifth year-over-year increase in the past six months. Year-to-date shipments of
        UM are up 2 percent compared to 2013.

        Coated mechanical (CM) shipments
in February decreased 6 percent compared
        to February 2013. Imports of CM in January were down 16 percent relative to the
        same period in 2013.

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

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 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 about $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.