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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Eleven Percent in August 2018

Exports of paper Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 21 percent year-over-year in August.

Sept. 17, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its August 2018 Printing-Writing Paper report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 11 percent in August compared to August 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased three percent from July. Imports of printing-writing papers in July increased six percent compared to July 2017 imports, while exports declined 24 percent compared to July 2017.

Shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased 11 percent year-over-year in August. Inventory levels decreased six percent. Exports of CM papers increased five percent in July compared to July 2017.

Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 21 percent year-over-year in August. Imports of UM decreased two percent year-over-year in July. Exports of UM decreased 70 percent year-over-year in July.

Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper and coated free sheet (CFS) papers both decreased year-over-year in August. July imports of UFS papers increased 37 percent compared to July 2017, while imports of CFS papers increased two percent compared to last July.

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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