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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Dropped 2 Percent in May

Rolls of paper The uncoated printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in May, while the coated grades either increased or remained level.

June 22, 2017 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its May 2017 U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased two percent in May compared to May 2016.

The uncoated printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines in May, while the coated grades either increased or remained level. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 1% from April 2017.

Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers were the bright spot in May compared to last year, increasing 2%; the third year-over-year increase in the last 12 months. U.S. imports of CFS papers increased 3% year-over-year in April while exports of CFS papers decreased 1% year-over-year in April.

Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments were flat year-over-year in May; increasing by less than one percent, making it the third year-over-year increase in the past 12 months. Imports of CM decreased in April, down 14% compared to April 2016 and exports of CM were down 22% in April.

May uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments declined by 2%, the lowest year-over-year decrease in the past 12 months. Imports of UFS increased by less than one-half of one percent year-over-year in April while exports of UFS papers increased 1% year-over-year in April.

Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 12% year-over-year in May for the eleventh consecutive month. Imports of UM decreased 11% year-over-year in April while exports of UM increased 10% in April.

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.

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SOURCE: AF&PA