American Forest & Paper Association Releases November 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report
WASHINGTON, DC—December 23, 2014—The American Forest & Paper Association has released its November 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in November compared to November 2013, with total paper inventories increasing 5 percent compared to October.
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in November decreased 14 percent compared to November 2013. YTD shipments were down 9 percent in 2014. Imports of UFS increased 27 percent in October and were up 23 percent year-to-date in 2014.
- November coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 3 percent compared to 2013. YTD shipments of coated freesheet grades decreased 3 percent. Exports of CFS papers were down 4 percent for the year compared to the first 10 months of 2013, with imports increasing 17 percent in October and 4 percent for the year.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 1 percent in November, following ninth consecutive months of year-over-year increases. Year-to-date shipments of UM were up 4 percent compared to 2013.
- Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in November decreased 4 percent relative to November 2013 and were down 4 percent for the year. Exports of CM grades decreased 9 percent year-over-year in October but were up 6 percent compared to the first 10 months of 2013. Imports were down 18 percent year-to-date.
About American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
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.