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U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Fell 4% in May 2016

Paper shipment loaded on vessel U.S. shipments of uncoated freesheet were essentially flat compared to May 2015 decreasing less than one-half of 1 percent.

June 23, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4 percent in May compared to May 2015.

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

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments were essentially flat compared to May 2015 decreasing less than one-half of 1 percent. UFS imports were down 20 percent year-over-year in April.

May coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 1 percent compared to May 2015. Imports of CFS papers decreased 11 percent in April with exports down 1 percent year-over-year.

Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 7 percent when compared with May 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 3 percent in April while exports of UM in April decreased 37 percent compared to the previous year.

Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in May decreased 18 percent when compared to May 2015. Imports of CM increased 1 percent in April compared to April 2015.

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)