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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased Nine Percent in January 2023

paper mill inventory Total printing-writing paper inventory levels in January 2023 increased 2% when compared to December 2022.

Feb. 16, 2023 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its January 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 9% in January compared to January 2022.

U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased 3% in January compared to the same month last year.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2% when compared to December 2022.

January shipments decreased in 3 of the 4 major P-W grades when compared to the same month the year before, with uncoated mechanical papers recording the sole year-ago increase.

In 2022 year to date net imports increased in all 4 major grades, with coated and uncoated free sheet showing the greatest percent increase and coated mechanical increasing the least.

Note: The four printing-writing grades of paper are: uncoated free sheet (UFS), coated free sheet (CFS), uncoated mechanical (UM) and coated mechanical (CM).

A subscription to the complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

About AF&PA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular in nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry's sustainability initiative – Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future.

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 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 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.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

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