Total U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased 8 Percent in February 2017
(Washington DC, USA, March 22, 2017) The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report, which said total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8% in February compared to February 2016. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels were flat from January 2017.
Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 6% year-over-year in February. UFS imports increased 9% in January compared to January 2016, with exports decreasing 5% year-over-year in January.
February coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 8% compared to February 2016. Imports of CFS papers increased 5% year-over-year in January, and exports increased 2% in January relative to the previous year.
Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 23% in February compared to February 2016. Imports of UM increased 11% in January, with exports of UM in January increasing 17%.
Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in February decreased 8% when compared to February 2016. Imports of CM decreased 3% in January compared to January 2016, and exports increased 13% in January relative to the previous year. (Source: AF&PA)