U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Declined in September

Oct. 22, 2010 - Total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 1% in September compared to September 2009, according to the American Forest & Paper Association's September 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

Two of the four major printing-writing grades posted increases compared to last September, AF&PA said.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports exports) of printing-writing papers increased slightly, up 1% in September.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 6% from August 2010.

Some additional key findings in the report include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) year-to-date shipments trail 2009 slightly.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increase year-over-year for the eleventh consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments increase year-over-year for the eighth time this year.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decrease year-over-year for the first time in nine months.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)