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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 7% in April

Rolls of paper Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments declined year-over-year in April, the eighth consecutive year-over-year decrease.

May 25, 2017 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its April 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report released on May 24, 2017, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7% in April compared to April 2016. All four printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in April, though the decline for coated free sheet was less than one-half of one percent. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2% from March 2017.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments declined year-over-year in April, the eighth consecutive year-over-year decrease. Imports of UFS increased 3% year-over-year in March and exports of UFS papers increased 1% year-over-year in March.

Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers were essentially flat in April compared to last year. U.S. imports of CFS papers increased 1% year-over-year in March and exports of CFS papers increased 14% year-over-year in March.

Uncoated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased year-over-year in April, the third consecutive year-over-year decrease. Imports of CM decreased in March, down 6% compared to March 2016 and exports of CM were down 29% in March.

Shipments of Coated mechanical (UM) papers decreased year-over-year in April for the tenth consecutive month. Imports of UM increased 4% year-over-year in March and exports of UM increased 2% in February.

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