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AF&PA Releases October 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the October 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly report. 

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 15% in October compared to October 2022. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 30% in September compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 2% when compared to September 2023. 

Net imports in all 3 major printing-writing grades in September decreased 49% compared to the same month last year and 37% year-to-date. Individually, most import and export trade activity in the 3 major grades in September has decreased when compared to the same month last year. The only exception are Mechanical papers exports, which saw a 10% increase. 

A subscription to the complete report with detailed tables, charts and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at 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 recyclable 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 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper