U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased by 6% in June
24 July 2018
U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6% in June 2018 compared to June 2017. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 2% from May. Imports of printing-writing papers in May increased 18% compared to May 2017 imports, while exports declined 3% compared to May 2017, as the American Forest & Paper Association reported.
Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments through June 2018 remained essentially flat compared to the same six months of 2017. Imports of UFS increased 8% year-over-year in May. Exports of UFS papers decreased 2% in May compared to May 2017.
Purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased year-over-year in June 2018. Imports of CFS increased 2% year-over-year in May. Exports of CFS decreased 11% year-over-year in May.
Purchases of coated mechanical (CM) paper increased while purchases of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers decreased in June. Imports of CM papers increased 65% compared to May 2017, while imports of UM papers increased 10% compared to last May.
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