US Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Dip in December

Jan. 26, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s December 2010 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 1% in December compared to December 2009. Two of the four major printing-writing grades posted increases compared to last December.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also decreased, down 1% in December.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2% compared to November 2010.

Some additional key findings include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) inventory in December increased versus the previous month for the third consecutive month
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  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increase year-over-year every month in 2010.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) year-to-date shipments lead 2009 for the twelfth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments increase year-over-year for the eleventh time in 2010.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association