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U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments in April 2016 Decreased 6 Percent

Paper shipment loaded on vessel U.S. shipments of uncoated freesheet in April 2016 decreased 3 percent relative to shipments in April 2015.

May 23, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its April 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6 percent in April compared to April 2015.

Total printing-writing paper inventory decreased less than 1 percent from March levels.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 3 percent relative to shipments in April 2015. UFS imports were down 25 percent year-over-year in March.

April coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 4 percent compared to April 2015. Imports of CFS papers decreased 19 percent in March, with exports down 17 percent year-over-year.

Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 6 percent when compared with April 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 16 percent in March while exports of UM in March increased 6 percent compared to the previous year.

Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in April decreased 20 percent when compared to April 2015. Imports of CM increased 16 percent in March compared to March 2015.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or 202-463-2448.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative — Better Practices, Better Planet 2020.

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)