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

Aug. 23, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s July 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6.8% in July compared to July 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to July 2010.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 4% in July. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 6% compared to June 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • June exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the fourth consecutive month
  • Purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased for the fourth time this year
  • Coated mechanical (CM) exports increased year-over-year for the first time in 2011
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the fourth consecutive month

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

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $175 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 48 states.