Total US printing-writing paper shipments in March down 22%, purchases down 19% year-over-year, inventory levels flat from February; March shipments drop year-over-year for three major P-W grades, uncoated free sheet papers down the least at 12%: AF&PA

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April 18, 2023 (press release) –

April 17, 2023

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AF&PA Releases March 2023 Printing-Writing
Monthly Report


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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 22% in March compared to March 2022. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 19% in March compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat (+0.2%) when compared to February 2023.

March shipments decreased in all 3 major P-W grades when compared to the same month the year before, with uncoated free sheet papers recording the smallest year‑ago decrease of 12%.  Coated free sheet and mechanical papers exports and imports decreased in February compared to the previous month, while Uncoated Free Sheet exports increased 13%.  Net P-W imports decreased 30% in the same month.

A subscription to the complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at or 202-463-4716.

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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.



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