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US paper consumption still decreasing

US paper consumption still decreasing

November 20, 2020

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) released its October 2020 Printing-Writing monthly report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 24% in October compared to October 2019. US purchases of total printing-writing papers decreased 21% in October compared to the same month last year. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 2% when compared to September 2020.

US purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers in October decreased 18% compared to last October while the inventory level decreased 2% compared to September 2020. UFS imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2019, down 7% and 38% respectively.

Coated free sheet (CFS) paper shipments decreased 16% compared to October 2019 while the inventory level decreased 4% compared to September 2020. CFS imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2019, down 34% and 14% respectively.

US purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers in October decreased 40% compared to last October while the inventory level decreased 4% compared to September 2020. CM imports decreased 20% while exports increased 35% in September 2020.

Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 47% compared to October 2019 while the inventory level increased 3% compared to September 2020. UM imports and exports both decreased compared to September 2019, down 11% and 56% respectively.

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