US printing-writing paper shipments in December 2021 stay flat year-over-year, purchases up 8%, inventories up 1% from November; coated free sheet imports up 62%, exports down 7% in November, and uncoated free sheet imports up 16%, exports down 31%: AF&PA

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WASHINGTON , January 18, 2022 (press release) –

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its December 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments remained essentially flat (+0.1 percent) in December compared to December 2020. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased eight percent in December compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent when compared to November 2021.

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in December increased two percent compared to last December while the inventory level increased one percent compared to November 2021. UFS imports increased 16 percent while exports decreased 31 percent in November 2021.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased three percent compared to December 2020 while the inventory level increased four percent compared to November 2021. CFS imports increased 62 percent while exports decreased seven percent in November 2021.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in December increased eight percent compared to last December while the inventory level decreased two percent compared to November 2021. CM imports increased nine percent while exports decreased one percent in November 2021.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased five percent compared to December 2020 while the inventory level decreased four percent compared to November 2021. UM imports and exports both increased compared to November 2020, up three percent and 34 percent respectively.

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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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