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Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased One Percent in March 2024

paper mill inventory Total printing-writing paper inventory levels in March 2024 decreased 1% when compared to February 2024.

April 17, 2024 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its March 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 1% in March compared to March 2023.

U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers also decreased 1% in February compared to the same month last year.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 1% when compared to February 2024.

Similar to last month, changes in U.S. shipments across the 3 major P-W categories (UFS, CFS, and MECH) in March showed mixed results compared to the same period last year:

  • Uncoated Free Sheet (UFS) shipments remained flat,
  • Coated Free Sheet (CFS) shipments increased by 5%, and,
  • Mechanical (MECH) paper shipments decreased by 18%.

On a quarterly basis however, Q1 2024 shipments in all three major P-W categories were lower than those of the same period last year.

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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