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U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 8 Percent in September

Paper shipment loaded on vessel U.S. shipments of uncoated freesheet decreased 8 percent year-over-year in September, after recording three year-over-year increases in 2016. UFS imports increased 18 percent year-over-year in August with exports increasing 14 percent.

Oct. 24, 2016 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its September 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in September compared to September 2015.

Total printing-writing paper inventory decreased 4 percent from August levels.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 8 percent year-over-year in September, after recording three year-over-year increases in 2016. UFS imports increased 18 percent year-over-year in August with exports increasing 14 percent.

September coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 3 percent compared to September 2015. Imports of CFS papers increased 10 percent in August with exports increasing 10 percent year-over-year as well.

Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13 percent in September compared to September 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 2 percent in August while exports of UM in July decreased 22 percent compared to the previous year.

Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in September decreased 14 percent when compared to September 2015. Imports of CM increased were flat in August compared to August 2015 with exports down 12 percent.

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 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

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