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

Nov 24, 2014

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul
(202) 463-2436,

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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7 percent in October compared to October 2013, with total paper inventories decreasing 7 percent compared to September.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in October decreased 12 percent compared to October 2013. YTD shipments are down 9 percent in 2014. Imports of UFS increased 17 percent in September and were up 23 percent year-to-date in 2014.
  • October coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 6 percent compared to 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades are down 3 percent. Exports of CFS papers were down 4 percent for the year compared to the first nine months of 2013, with imports increasing 2 percent for the same period.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 9 percent in October, the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM were up 5 percent compared to 2013.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in October were essentially flat relative to October 2013 and are down 4 percent for the year. Exports of CM grades increased 12 percent year-over-year in September and are up 8 percent compared to the first nine months of 2013.


The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at 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 or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.