Total Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 8% in September
WASHINGTON — October 24, 2016 — The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its September 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report.
According to the report released on October 21, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8% in September compared to September 2015. Total printing-writing paper inventory decreased 4% from August levels.
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 8% year-over-year in September, after recording three year-over-year increases in 2016. UFS imports increased 18% year-over-year in August with exports increasing 14%.
- September coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 3% compared to September 2015. Imports of CFS papers increased 10% in August with exports increasing 10% year-over-year as well.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13% in September compared to September 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 2% in August while exports of UM in July decreased 22% compared to the previous year.
- Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in September decreased 14% when compared to September 2015. Imports of CM increased were flat in August compared to August 2015 with exports down 12%.
About the 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 percent 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 45 states.