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AF&PA Releases December 2023 Printing-Writing Monthly Report

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

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 14% in December compared to December 2022. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 25% in November compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 3% when compared to November 2023.

Individually, U.S. purchases in all 3 major printing-writing categories (uncoated free sheet, coated free sheet and mechanical) also decreased in November. Uncoated Free Sheet purchases decreased 16% when compared to November 2022, Coated Free Sheet purchases decreased 40% in the same period, and Mechanical papers purchases decreased 31%.

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