AF&PA Releases October 2015 Printing-Writing Paper Report

Nov 24, 2015
CONTACT: Jorrian Whaley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its October 2015 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

According to the report released on Nov. 20, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in October compared to October 2014. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 3 percent from September.  

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 4 percent relative to shipments in October 2014, the fourth decrease in the past six months. Imports of UFS decreased 34 percent year-over-year in September.
  • October coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 7 percent compared to October 2014. Imports of CFS papers decreased 8 percent in September, the second year-over-year decrease in the past three months.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 3 percent when compared with October 2014. Imports of UM papers were down 12 percent in September, the fifteenth consecutive monthly decline.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in October decreased 21 percent relative to October 2014. Imports of CM increased in September by 27 percent compared to the same period last year.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448.

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