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

Dec 14, 2018

CONTACT: Barbara Riley
(202) 463-2436,

WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association released its November 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report on December 14.

According to the November 2018 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased six percent in November compared to November 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased three percent from October. Imports of printing-writing papers in October increased 27 percent compared to October 2017 imports, while exports declined 27 percent compared to October 2017.

  • Net imports of coated free sheet (CFS) papers peaked in October, hitting the highest level in at least seven years. Shipments of CFS decreased just one percent year-over-year in November.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper decreased five percent in November from the same month one year ago. Exports of UFS papers decreased 35 percent in October compared to October 2017.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers increased four percent year-over-year in November. U.S. shipments of coated mechanical (CM) paper; however, decreased 12 percent in November, while imports of CM papers increased 51 percent compared to last October. Exports of UM papers hit a new low in October, decreasing 75 percent compared to October 2017.

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.