U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 22% in May 2023 compared to May 2022. U.S. purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 24% in May compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained flat when compared to April 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 May last year, with uncoated free sheet papers recording the smallest year- ago decrease of approximately 8%. Exports and imports in all 3 major grades decreased in April compared to the same month last year.
April coated free sheet year-to-date net imports by volume increased slightly while uncoated free sheet and mechanical net imports decreased.
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