American Forest & Paper Association Releases November 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report

Dec 21, 2017

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its November 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

According to the November 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased six percent in November compared to November 2016. Shipments of uncoated free sheet shipments remained flat while the remaining three major printing-writing grades declined year-over-year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased less than one-half of one percent from October 2017.

  • November uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments were flat year-over-year following year-over-year increases in two of the previous three months. Imports of UFS decreased by 30 percent year-over-year in October – the fifth consecutive monthly decrease, with imports down 12 percent year-to-date. Exports of UFS papers increased 30 percent year-over-year in October, following the 26 percent year-over-year increase in September, the sixth double-digit percent year-over-year increase in a row.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper in November declined by a double-digit percentage for the second consecutive month. U.S. imports of CFS papers decreased nine percent year-over-year in October, the fourth consecutive year-over-year decline. Exports of CFS papers increased six percent year-over-year in October – the fourth consecutive year-over-year monthly increase thus far in 2017.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments declined year-over-year in November for the sixth consecutive month. Imports of CM were essentially flat or just under one-half of one percent compared to October 2016. Exports of CM increased 14 percent in October to 33,000 tons and for the year sit three percent lower than year-to-date 2016.
  • Exports of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased 4% year-over-year in September, but reached second-highest level in the past 24 months. Overall shipments of UM have declined year-over-year for seventeen consecutive months. Imports of UM decreased 13% year-over-year in September.


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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