The American Forest & Paper Association has released its September 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report.
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments were flat in September compared to September 2012, down 0.2 percent. Note that U.S. trade data was not available at the time of the AF&PA report due to an interruption in government reporting.
Additional key findings:
· September coated free sheet (CFS) papers shipments were essentially flat compared to September 2012, with year-to-date shipments through September within one percent of 2012 levels.
· Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased in September, the second year-over-year increase in the last three months. For the year, shipments are down 3 percent in 2013.
· September uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 3 percent year-over-year in September, the first year-over-year increase since March 2011.
· Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in September decreased 4 percent compared to September 2012. Shipments of CM are down 10 percent for the year in 2013.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at [email protected] or 202-463-2448.