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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Five Percent in July

Exports of paper Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper imports increased year-over-year for the second consecutive month in June following 12 consecutive year-over-year declines. Exports of UFS papers decreased 17 percent in June compared to June 2017.

Aug. 22, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its July 2018 Printing-Writing Paper report. According to the report, total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in July compared to July 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent from June.

Imports of printing-writing papers in June increased 11 percent compared to June 2017 imports, while exports declined 19 percent compared to June 2017.

Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper imports increased year-over-year for the second consecutive month in June following 12 consecutive year-over-year declines. Exports of UFS papers decreased 17 percent in June compared to June 2017.

Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased six percent year-over-year in July 2018. Imports of CFS increased four percent year-over-year in June. Exports of CFS decreased 13 percent year-over-year in June.

Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper and uncoated mechanical (UM) papers both decreased year-over-year in July for at least the 20th consecutive month. Imports of CM papers increased 39 percent compared to June 2017, while exports of UM papers decreased 40 percent compared to last June.

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

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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