The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2015 Printing-Writing Paper Report.
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 9 percent in May compared to May 2014, with inventory levels increasing 8 percent from April.
– Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in May decreased 5 percent compared to May 2014. Imports of UFS decreased 12 percent year-over-year in April.
– May coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 10 percent compared to May 2014. Imports of CFS papers increased 28 percent in April, the eleventh year-over-year increase in the last 12 months.
– Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 19 percent when compared with May 2014. Imports of UM papers were down 25 percent in April, the tenth consecutive monthly decline.
– Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in May decreased 14 percent relative to May 2014. Imports of CM increased in April, up 17 percent compared to April 2014, while exports of CM were up 16 percent.