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

March 25, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s February 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6% in February compared to February 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last February.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also decreased 6% in February.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2% compared to January 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • Uncoated free sheet (UFS) inventory increases month-over-month for fifth consecutive month.
  • Year-over-year decrease of coated free sheet (CFS) shipments ends streak of increases at 15 consecutive months.
  • Purchases of coated mechanical (CM) decrease year-over-year for sixth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) year-over-year shipments decline for second month.

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 (AF&PA)