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

Dec. 20, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association's November 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4% in November compared to November 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last November.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports - exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 4% in November.

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

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • Purchases of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the second time in 2011.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the twelfth consecutive month, following 13 consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments decreased for the eighth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the eighth 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.