WASHINGTON - The American Forest & Paper Association has released its August 2017 Printing-Writing Paper Report.
According to the August 2017 Printing-Writing Monthly report from the American Forest & Paper Association, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased four percent in August compared to August 2016. Uncoated free sheet paper shipments increased in August while the other three printing-writing grades posted year-over-year shipment declines. U.S. purchases of printing-writing papers also decreased, down seven percent in August. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased three percent from July 2017.
- August uncoated free sheet (UFS) paper shipments increased year-over-year for the first time since August 2016. The August shipments of UFS also hit the highest monthly total since March 2016. Imports of UFS decreased by 28% year-over-year in July – the second consecutive decrease of 20% or more. Meanwhile, exports of UFS papers increased 30% year-over-year in July, which is the third consecutive increase of 20% or more.
- August shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers declined. And while shipments of coated two-sides #1-#2 also decreased year-over-year in August, they still reached the highest monthly total thus far in 2017. U.S. imports of CFS papers decreased 13% year-over-year in July; it is the first year-over-year decline in 2017. Exports of CFS papers increased 11% year-over-year in July, the fifth increase in the past seven months.
- Coated mechanical (CM) paper shipments declined year-over-year in August, but reach third highest level in 2017. Imports of CM increased in July, up 11% compared to July 2016, while exports of CM decreased 20% in July.
- While shipments of uncoated mechanical (UM) papers declined year-over-year in August, the export data registered a year-over-year increase in July. Imports of UM decreased 3% year-over-year in July while exports of UM increased 10% year-over-year in July – the fourth year-over-year increase in the first seven months of 2017.
The complete report with detailed tables, charts, and historical data can be purchased by contacting Kory Bockman at [email protected]afandpa.org or 202-463-4716.