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American Forest & Paper Association Releases October 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

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

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its October 2021 Printing-Writing Monthly report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased one percent in October compared to October 2020. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers increased six percent in October compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased one percent when compared to September 2021.

  • U.S. purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in October increased four percent compared to last October while the inventory level decreased one percent compared to September 2021. UFS imports increased 15 percent while exports decreased nine percent in September 2021.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased six percent compared to October 2020 while the inventory level remained essentially flat (-0.4 percent) compared to September 2021. CFS imports increased 56 percent while exports decreased four percent in September 2021.
  • U.S. purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in October remained flat compared to last October while inventory level decreased nine percent compared to September 2021. CM imports increased four percent while exports decreased nine percent in September 2021.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments increased 34 percent compared to October 2020 while the inventory level increased two percent compared to September 2021. UM imports and exports both increased compared to September 2020, up 13 percent and 96 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.