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American Forest & Paper Association Releases January 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

Feb 21, 2019

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its January 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly report on February 18.

According to the January 2019 Printing-Writing Monthly report from AF&PA, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased eight percent in January compared to January 2018. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased three percent from December 2018.

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper decreased seven percent in January from the same month one year ago. The inventory level of UFS papers increased two percent in January compared to December.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased two percent in January when compared to January 2018. Inventories meanwhile remained essentially flat compared to last month.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased one percent year-over-year in January. U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) paper increased seven percent in January. Inventory levels at the end of January when compared to December increased for both grades of paper.

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 nearly $300 billion in products annually and employs approximately 950,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $55 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.