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

CONTACT: Tim Ebner

(202) 463-2436, comm@afandpa.org

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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 26 percent in December compared to December 2019. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 22 percent in December compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat (+0.3 percent) when compared to November 2020. 

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in December decreased 17 percent compared to last December while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to November 2020. UFS imports increased 13 percent while exports decreased 31 percent in November 2020.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 26 percent compared to December 2019 while the inventory level increased four percent compared to November 2020. CFS imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2019, down 36 percent and eight percent respectively.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in December decreased 41 percent compared to last December while the inventory level increased one percent compared to November 2020. CM imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2019, down 27 percent and 19 percent respectively.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 39 percent compared to December 2019 while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to November 2020. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to November 2019, down eight percent and 13 percent respectively.

A subscription to the complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at Statistics_Publications@AFandPA.org or 202-463-4716.

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recycle resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative—Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. 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 people. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $60 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.