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U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down in January

Paper shipment loaded on vessel U.S. shipments of uncoated freesheet in January increased slightly less than 1 percent relative to shipments in January 2015.

Feb. 23, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its January 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 5 percent in January compared to January 2015.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2 percent from December levels.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased slightly less than 1 percent relative to shipments in January 2015, the first consecutive three month period of year-over-year increases since December 2009. For the year of 2015, UFS imports were down 12 percent compared to 2014, and down 27 percent year-over-year in December.

January coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 5 percent compared to January 2015, with annual shipments down 6 percent versus 2014. Imports of CFS papers during 2015 were 2 percent higher than 2014, but decreased 2 percent year-over-year in December.

Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 11 percent when compared with January 2015. Imports of UM papers were also down 11 percent in December relative to December 2014, and were down 15 percent for the year.

Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in January decreased 15 percent relative to January 2015. Imports of CM increased in December, up 3 percent compared to December 2014. For 2015, imports of CM were up 9 percent compared to the previous year.

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

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