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AF&PA Releases February 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report

Mar 23, 2016
CONTACT: Jorrian Whaley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its February 2016 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

According to the report released on March 23, 2016, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 1% in February compared to February 2015. Total printing-writing paper inventory was essentially unchanged from January levels.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased 3% relative to shipments in February 2015, the first consecutive four month period of year-over-year increases since December 2009. UFS imports were down 22% year-over-year in January.
  • February coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased 2% compared to February 2015. Imports of CFS papers decreased 14% in January, the fifth consecutive year-over-year decrease.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 8% when compared with February 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 17% in January, the nineteenth consecutive monthly decline.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in February were essentially unchanged relative to February 2015, down less than one-half of one percent. Imports of CM decreased 7% compared to the previous year.


The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Caroline Nealon at or 202-463-2448

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