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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Thirteen Percent in September 2018

Exports of paper Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) decreased year-over-year in September.

Oct. 16, 2018 - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its September 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 13 percent in September compared to September 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased less than one-half of one percent from August. Imports of printing-writing papers in August increased five percent compared to August 2017 imports, while exports declined 26 percent compared to August 2017.

Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) decreased year-over-year in September. Inventory levels increased one percent. Exports of UFS papers decreased 36 percent in August compared to August 2017, the largest decrease since August 2015.

Shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 26 percent year-over-year in September. Imports of UM increased 19 percent year-over-year in August.

Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper and coated mechanical (CM) papers both decreased year-over-year in September. August imports of CFS papers increased three percent compared to August 2017, while imports of CM papers increased 19 percent compared to last August.

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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