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AF&PA Releases April 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released the April 2024 Printing-Writing Monthly report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments increased 13% in April compared to April 2023. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 1% in March compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 2% when compared to March 2024.

Unlike previous months, changes in U.S. shipments across the 3 major P-W categories (UFS, CFS, and MECH) in April all showed increases compared to the same period last year. Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments increased by 9%, coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increased by 22%, and mechanical (MECH) paper shipments increased by 25%.

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