Total January US printing-writing paper shipments down 8% year-over-year; decreases posted in all four grades, ranging from lowest drop, at 2%, for uncoated mechanical paper to highest decline, at 11%, for uncoated freesheet paper: AF&PA
February 24, 2014
– The American Forest & Paper Association has released its January 2014 Printing-Writing Paper Report.
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in January compared to January 2013, with decreases in all four printing-writing grades.
Additional key findings:
· Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in January decreased 11 percent compared to January 2013, with inventories increasing 5 percent over December levels.
· January coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments decreased 4 percent compared to the same period in 2013 to 323,000 tons.
· Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 2 percent in January, the first year-over-year decline in the past seven months.
· Coated mechanical (CM) shipments of 231,400 tons in January decreased 10 percent compared to January 2013.
The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.
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