American Forest & Paper Association Releases February 2018 Printing-Writing Paper Monthly Report

Mar 22, 2018

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2018 Printing-Writing Paper report.

According to the February 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in February compared to February 2017. U.S. purchases of printing-writing papers decreased four percent in February. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased two percent from January 2017. Imports of printing-writing papers began 2018 four percent lower than January 2017 imports, while exports began the year 12 percent less than January 2017.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments in February 2018 increased slightly compared to February 2017 shipments. Imports of UFS decreased by 14 percent year-over-year in January – the eighth consecutive decrease of 12 percent or more. Exports of UFS papers decreased five percent in January compared to January 2017.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) paper in February declined year-over-year for the ninth consecutive month. CFS inventories increased less than one-half of one percent compared to January. U.S. imports of CFS papers decreased four percent year-over-year in January, the seventh consecutive year-over-year decline. Exports of CFS papers decreased five percent year-over-year in January.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments also declined year-over-year for the ninth consecutive month while shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased year-over-year in February 2018 for the 20th consecutive month.

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 a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 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.