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WASHINGTON -- The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) today released its February 2020 Printing-Writing Monthly report.
According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased five percent in February compared to February 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased six percent in February compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased one percent when compared to January 2020.
- U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in February decreased seven percent compared to last February while the inventory level remained essentially flat (+0.3%) compared to January 2020. UFS imports decreased 36 percent while exports increased 31 percent in January 2020.
- Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments increased two percent compared to February 2019 while the inventory level increased three percent compared to January 2020. CFS imports decreased 19 percent while exports increased 20 percent in January 2020.
- U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in February decreased 13 percent compared to last February while the inventory level increased seven percent compared to January 2020. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to January 2019, down 17 percent and five percent respectively.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased five percent compared to February 2019 while the inventory level decreased five percent compared to January 2020. UM imports decreased 11 percent while exports increased 27 percent in January 2020.
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.