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

Feb. 23, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s January 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 2% in January compared to January 2010. Two of the four major printing-writing grades posted increases compared to last January.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also decreased, down 4% in January.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 4% compared to December 2010.

Some additional key findings include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) inventory increases versus last month for the fourth consecutive month.
  • Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increase year-over-year for the 15th consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments increase year-over-year for the first time in four months.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) inventory increased versus last month in the double digits.

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners.

SOURCE: American Forest & Paper Association