U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8% in September 2016 compared to September 2015. Total printing-writing paper inventory decreased 4% from August levels.
Uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments decreased 8% year-over-year in September, after recording three year-over-year increases in 2016. UFS imports increased 18% year-over-year in August with exports increasing 14%.
September coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 3% compared to September 2015. Imports of CFS papers increased 10% in August with exports increasing 10% year-over-year as well.
Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13% in September compared to September 2015. Imports of UM papers were down 2% in August while exports of UM in July decreased 22% compared to the previous year.
Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in September decreased 14% when compared to September 2015. Imports of CM increased were flat in August compared to August 2015 with exports down 12%.
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Source : lesprom.com