Total US printing-writing paper shipments in June down 24%, purchases down 29% year-over-year, inventory levels drop 4% from May; June shipments drop year-over-year for all three major P-W grades, with uncoated freesheet seeing smallest drop at 9%: AF&PA

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July 19, 2023 (press release) –

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WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the June 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly report. According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 24% in June compared to June 2022.

U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 29% in June compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4% when compared to May 2023.

U.S. shipments decreased in all 3 major P-W grades (UFS, CFS and MECH) when compared to June last year, with uncoated free sheet papers recording the smallest year- ago decrease of approximately 9%.

Exports and imports in all 3 major grades decreased in May compared to the same month last year.

U.S. purchases in all 3 major grades in May decreased approximately 28% when compared to the same period last year. May year-to-date U.S. purchases decreased approximately 18% versus May 2022 year-to-date volume.

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