U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down in October

Nov. 22, 2010 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s October 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4% in October compared to October 2009. Two of the four major printing-writing grades posted increases compared to last October. U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased, down 7% in October.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels remained essentially flat compared to September 2010.

Some additional key findings include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipment year-over-year decline is the deepest in current five month year-over-year decrease.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increase year-over-year for the twelfth consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) year-to-date shipments lead 2009 for the tenth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments increase year-over-year for the ninth time in 2010.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association