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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 12 Percent in July 2019

Finished rolls of paper U.S. shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers decreased 11 percent year-over-year in July.

August 16, 2019 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its July 2019 U.S. Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 12 percent in July 2019 compared to July 2018.

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

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased one percent from June 2019.

  • U.S. shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper decreased 15 percent in July from the same month one year ago. The inventory level of CFS papers remained flat in July compared to June. CFS imports and exports both declined in June 2019.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers increased five percent in July when compared to July 2018. Inventories decreased three percent compared to last month. Imports of CM papers in June 2019 increased 16 percent while exports decreased ten percent.
  • U.S. shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers decreased 11 percent year-over-year in July while U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) paper decreased nine percent. Inventory levels at the end of July when compared to June decreased for both UFS and UM papers. In June exports of UFS and UM both decreased year-over-year, while UFS imports increased and UM imports decreased.

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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