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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 17 Percent in June 2019

Finished rolls of paper Imports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in May 2019 increased 43 percent while exports decreased 20 percent.

July 18, 2019 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its June 2019 U.S. Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 17 percent in June compared to June 2018.

U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers declined 11 percent in June compared to the same month last year.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased two percent from May 2019.

  • U.S. shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased four percent in June from the same month one year ago. The inventory level of CM papers increased 12 percent in June compared to May. CM imports in May 2019 decreased 25 percent year-over-year while exports remained essentially flat.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers decreased nine percent in June when compared to June 2018. Inventories increased one percent compared to last month. Imports of UFS papers in May 2019 increased 43 percent while exports decreased 20 percent.
  • U.S. shipments of coated freesheet (CFS) papers decreased 12 percent year-over-year in June. U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) paper decreased 16 percent in June. Inventory levels at the end of June when compared to May decreased for CFS and increased for UM. Both imports and exports of CFS and UM decreased year-over-year in May.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at 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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.