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

Sept. 22, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s August 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6.4% in August compared to August 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last August.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 10% in August.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4% compared to July 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • July exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the fifth straight month.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the ninth consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) purchases decreased year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month following 15 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.

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.