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

Sep 23, 2014

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

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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7 percent in August compared to August 2013, with total paper inventories remaining unchanged compared to July.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in August decreased 11 percent compared to August 2013. YTD shipments are down 9 percent in 2014. Imports of UFS increased 38 percent in July and were up 23 percent in 2014, the ninth consecutive monthly increase.
  • August coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 7 percent compared to 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are down 2 percent. Exports of CFS papers increased 3 percent in July, the third year-over-year monthly increase in 2014.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 7 percent in August, the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM are up 5 percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in August increased slightly less than 1 percent relative to August 2013 and are down 5 percent for the year. Exports of CM grades increased 54 percent year-over-year in July and are up 5 percent compared to the first seven months of 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 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $210 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.