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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 9 Percent in January 2024

paper mill inventory Total printing-writing paper inventory levels in January 2024 decreased 1% when compared to December 2023.

Feb. 16, 2024 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the January 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 9% in January compared to January 2023.

U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 19% in December 2023 compared to the same month in 2022.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels in January decreased 1% when compared to December 2023.

Individually, U.S. shipments in all 3 major printing-writing paper categories (uncoated free sheet, coated free sheet, and mechanical) decreased in January compared to the same period last year:

  • Uncoated Free Sheet shipments decreased 3%,
  • Coated Free Sheet shipments decreased 12%, and
  • Mechanical papers shipments decreased 35%.

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 by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle 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 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states.


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