US printing-writing paper shipments down 25% in July

Total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 25% in July 2023 compared to July 2022. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 32% in July compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat (-0.2%) when compared to June 2023, according to the American Forest & Paper Association.

U.S. shipments decreased in all 3 major P-W grades (UFS, CFS and MECH) when compared to July last year, with uncoated free sheet papers recording the smallest year ago decrease of approximately 14%. Net imports in all 3 major grades decreased in June compared to the same month last year. U.S. purchases in all 3 major grades in June decreased approximately 33% when compared to the same period last year. June year-to-date U.S. purchases decreased approximately 20% versus June 2022 year-to-date volume.

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.

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