Total US printing-writing paper shipments in August down 20%, purchases down 33% year-over-year, inventory levels drop 5% from July; shipments up year-over-year for all three major P-W grades, with uncoated freesheet recording largest increase: AF&PA

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September 18, 2023 (press release) –

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the August 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 20% in August compared to August 2022. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 33% in July compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 5% when compared to July 2023.

U.S. shipments increased in all 3 major P-W grades (UFS, CFS and MECH) when compared to July, with uncoated free sheet papers recording the greatest increase by volume of approximately 33,000 tons. Net imports in all 3 major grades decreased in July compared to the same month last year. July year-to-date U.S. purchases by volume decreased 22% compared to the same period last year.

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