The American Forest & Paper Association has released its June 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments were down 7 percent compared with June 2012, with total inventory levels increasing 4 percent from May.
Additional key findings:
- June shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased 4 percent compared with June 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments down less than 1 percent compared with 2012. US imports of CFS papers increased 7 percent year-over-year in May.
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 3% year-over-year in June. For the year, shipments are down 4 percent in 2013. Imports of UFS in May increased 6 percent compared with May 2012, with exports of UFS up 5 percent.
- June uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 16 percent when compared with June 2012, with year-over-year imports through May up 1 percent. UM exports are up 12 percent in 2013 compared with the first five months of 2012.
- Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in June decreased 16 percent compared with June 2012. Shipments of CM are down 13 percent for the year, with imports down 3 percent year-over-year in May.