Total US printing-writing paper shipments in September up 5% year-over-year, purchases up 8%, inventories down 1% from August; US uncoated freesheet paper shipments up 12% year-over-year, and US purchases of coated freesheet papers up 6%: AF&PA

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WASHINGTON , October 18, 2022 (press release) –

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its September 2022 Printing-Writing Monthly report. 

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 5% in September compared to September 2021. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased 8% in September compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 1% when compared to August 2022.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased 12% compared to September 2021 while the inventory level decreased 1% compared to August 2022. UFS imports increased 21% while exports decreased 4% in August 2022.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers in September increased 6% compared to last September while the inventory level decreased 1% compared to August 2022. CFS imports increased 37% while exports decreased 3% in August 2022.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased 26% compared to September 2021 while the inventory level decreased 6% compared to August 2022. CM imports increased 45% while exports decreased 18% in August 2022.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in September increased 1% compared to last September while the inventory level decreased 4% compared to August 2022. UM imports increased 4% while exports decreased 8% in August 2022.

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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 four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

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