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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Four Percent in October 2018

Exports of paper Shipments of uncoated freesheet papers declined two percent year-over-year in October 2018.

Nov. 16, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its October 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased four percent in October compared to October 2017.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels in October decreased two percent from September. Imports of printing-writing papers in September increased four percent compared to September 2017 imports, while exports declined 27 percent compared to September 2017.

Inventory of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper decreased four percent in October from September, down to the lowest inventory level in at least seven years. Shipments declined two percent year-over-year in October. Exports of UFS papers decreased 43 percent in September compared to September 2017, the largest decrease in at least six years.

Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) papers decreased by more than 10 percent year-over-year for the eighth time in 2018. Imports of CM increased seven percent year-over-year in September.

U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) paper in October increased for the first time since June 2017. Meanwhile, U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased ten percent year-over-year in October. September imports of CFS papers increased 17 percent compared to September 2017, while imports of UM papers decreased three percent compared to last September.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $300 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.