US printing-writing paper shipments in March up 1% year-over-year, purchases up 3%, inventories down 3% from February; US purchases of coated freesheet up 24% year-over-year, and uncoated freesheet shipments down 3%: AF&PA

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WASHINGTON , April 15, 2022 (press release) –

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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased one percent in March compared to March 2021, while U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased three percent in March compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased three percent when compared to February 2022.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased three percent compared to March 2021 while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to February 2022. UFS imports increased nine percent while exports decreased 20 percent in February 2022.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers in March increased 24 percent compared to last March while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to February 2022. CFS imports increased 34 percent while exports remained essentially flat (-0.2 percent) in February 2022.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased 14 percent compared to March 2021 while the inventory level decreased two percent compared to February 2022. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to February 2021, down 21 percent and 16 percent respectively.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in March remained essentially flat (-0.3 percent) compared to last March while the inventory level decreased 15 percent compared to February 2022. UM imports and exports both increased compared to February 2021, up five percent and 62 percent respectively.

A subscription to the complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at Statistics_Publications@AFandPA.org 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 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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.

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