U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Up in December
Jan 25, 2010 - The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) said that total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments increased 6% in December compared to December 2008, marking the second consecutive year-ago increase.
According to AF&PA's December 2009 Printing-Writing Paper Report, for the year to date, shipments were down 15% — all four major printing-writing grades recorded the lowest year to date decline when compared to 2008 for the sixth consecutive month.
U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also increased in December, up 3% versus year-ago December, yet were still down 17% for the year to date.
Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 41,000 tons from November, a decrease of 2%, AF&PA said.
Additional key findings from the report include:
- Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments were up versus year-ago for the first time since April 2007.
- Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments hit double-digit growth versus year-ago.
- Year-ago shipments of coated mechanical (CM) reaches double-digit growth for second consecutive month.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) purchases up double-digits compared to last December.
SOURCE: The American Forest & Paper Association