U.S. printing-writing paper shipments down 21% in September

U.S. shipments of printing-writing paper decreased by 21% between September 2022 and September 2023. U.S. purchases totaling printing-writing papers dropped 33% from the same period last year. Total printing-writing inventory levels dropped 2% from August 2023 to September 2023. American Forest & Paper Association reported.

The total U.S. purchase in August for all three major PW grades (UFS CFS and MECH), decreased by 29.6% compared to last year’s same period. The Mechanical category saw the biggest decreases in terms of volume, at -137.3 tonnes and by percent at -49.5%. The net imports for all 3 major grades declined in August when compared with the same month in last year.

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