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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 4 Percent in April

Exports of paper U.S. uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in April 2018 increased year-over-year, the third increase in four months.

May 18, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its April 2018 Printing-Writing Paper report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased four percent in April compared to April 2017.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased less than one-half of one percent from March.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in April 2018 increased year-over-year, the third increase in four months. Imports of UFS decreased 22 percent year-over-year in March — the tenth consecutive decrease of 12 percent or more. Exports of UFS papers increased 25 percent in March compared to March 2017.

Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased year-over-year in April 2018 by more than 20 percent. Imports of UM decreased one percent year-over-year in March. Exports of UM decreased 45 percent year-over-year in March.

Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper and coated mechanical (CM) papers in April both declined year-over-year for the eleventh consecutive month. Imports of CM papers increased 33 percent compared to March 2017, partly on the strength of a 47 percent year-over-year increase in CM imports from Canada.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

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