AF&PA Releases November 2015 Printing-Writing Paper Report

Dec 21, 2015

CONTACT: Jorrian Whaley
(202) 463-2436,

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

According to the report released on Dec. 20, 2015, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 1 percent in November compared to November 2014. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were essentially flat compared to October.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased 8 percent relative to shipments in November 2014, the third increase in the past six months. Imports of UFS decreased 31 percent year-over-year in October and down 10 percent YTD compared to 2014.
  •  November coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 3 percent compared to November 2014. Imports of CFS papers decreased 4 percent in October, the third year-over-year decrease in the past four months.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 4 percent when compared with November 2014. Imports of UM papers were down 14 percent in October, the sixteenth consecutive monthly decline.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in November decreased 22 percent relative to November 2014. Imports of CM increased in October by 26 percent compared to the same period last year and are up 12 percent YTD.

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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