U.S. Printing and Writing Paper Shipments Down in September

Oct. 21, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s September 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8% in September compared to September 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last September.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 7% in September.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 2% compared to August 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • August exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the sixth straight month.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the tenth consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) purchases decreased year-over-year for the sixth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the sixth 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.