American Forest & Paper Association Releases December 2014 Printing-Writing Statistics Report

Jan 22, 2015

CONTACT: Jessica McFaul
(202) 463-2436,

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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4 percent in December compared to December 2013, with total paper inventories flat compared to November.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in December decreased 8 percent compared to December 2013. Shipments for the year were down 9 percent relative to 2013. Imports of UFS increased 4 percent in November and were up 21 percent year-to-date compared to the first eleven months of 2013.

  • December coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 1 percent compared to 2013. Annual shipments of coated freesheet grades in 2014 decreased 2 percent compared to the previous year. Exports of CFS papers were down 6 percent for the year compared to the first eleven months of 2013, with imports increasing 1 percent in November and 4 percent for the year.

  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 2 percent in December but were up 4 percent for the year compared to 2013. Imports of UM papers through November were down 6 percent, with exports 18 percent below the 2013 level.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in December increased 4 percent relative to December 2013 and were down 4 percent for the year. Exports of CM grades were essentially flat in November but were up 6 percent compared to the first 11 months of 2013. Imports were down 16 percent through November.

 The report can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448.

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