U.S. Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decreased in October

Nov. 21, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s October 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total U.S. printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4% in October compared to October 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last October.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 3% in October.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 5% compared to September 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • September exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) decreased year-over-year.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the eleventh consecutive month.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) purchases increased year-over-year for the second time in 2011.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the seventh 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.