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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Fell 9% in March

Uncoated Freesheet Rolls Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 7% year-over-year in March. UFS imports decreased 13% in February compared to February 2016, with exports decreasing 2% year-over-year in February.

April 24, 2017 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its March 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 9% in March compared to March 2016. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were essentially flat from February 2017, down less than 1%.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 7% year-over-year in March. UFS imports decreased 13% in February compared to February 2016, with exports decreasing 2% year-over-year in February.

March coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 6% compared to March 2016. Imports of CFS papers increased 9% year-over-year in February, and exports increased 2% in February relative to the previous year.

Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 26% in March compared to March 2016. Imports of UM decreased 11% in February, with exports of UM in February decreasing 45%.

Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 12% when compared to March 2016. Imports of CM increased 6% in February compared to February 2016, and exports were down 19% in February relative to the previous year.

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: AF&PA