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American Forest & Paper Association Releases March 2020 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

Apr 16, 2020

CONTACT: Lindsay Murphy / Tim Ebner
(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

WASHINGTON -- The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released its March 2020 Printing-Writing Monthly report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased four percent in March compared to March 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased seven percent in March compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased four percent when compared to February 2020.

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased five percent compared to March 2019 while the inventory level decreased seven percent compared to February 2020. UFS imports decreased 19 percent while exports increased 13 percent in February 2020.
  • U.S. purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers in March decreased nine percent compared to last March while the inventory level increased two percent compared to February 2020. CFS imports decreased five percent while exports increased 12 percent in February 2020.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments decreased three percent compared to March 2019 while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to February 2020. CM imports decreased 35 percent while exports increased 19 percent in February 2020.
  • U.S. purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers in March decreased seven percent compared to last March while the inventory level decreased three percent compared to February 2020. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to February 2019, down 21 percent and 17 percent respectively.

The complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman Statistics_Publications@AFandPA.org 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 afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.