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U.S. P&W Paper Shipment Decline

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Total U.S. printing and writing (P&W) paper shipments were down 6% compared with March 2012, according to the AF&PA's March 2013 Printing-Writing Paper Report issue this week. Additional key findings of the report are:
  • March shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased less than 1% compared with March 2012, with year-to-date CFS shipments essentially flat through the first quarter
  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers shipments of 753,000 tons in March were 6% below the same period last year, with imports increasing 12% year-over-year in February and exports declining 12%
  • March uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments decreased 13% compared with March 2012, with year-over-year exports through February up 28%
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments in March decreased 9% compared with March 2012 to 247,800 tons; imports of coated mechanical increased year-over-year through February, up 12%.


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