AF&PA Report Reveals a Decrease in Printing-Writing Paper Shipments, Inventories
WASHINGTON, D.C. — April 27, 2016 — The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its March 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report. According to the report released today, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4% in March compared to March 2015. Total printing-writing paper inventory decreased 2% from February levels.
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased for the first time in 2016, down 1% relative to shipments in March 2015. UFS imports were down 19% year-over-year in February.
- March coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 8% compared to March 2015. Imports of CFS papers increased 12% in February with exports up 2% year-over-year.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 8% when compared with March 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 2% in February while exports of UM in February increased 56% compared to the previous year.
- Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 4% when compared to March 2015. Imports of CM decreased 14% in February compared to February 2015.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at Statistics_Publications@afandpa.org or (202) 463-2448.
About American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, 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 4% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states.