US Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down in June

July 24, 2012 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s June 2012 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8% in June compared to June 2011. Shipments for coated free sheet and uncoated mechanical grades posted double-digit year-over-year decreases compared to last June.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also decreased 8% in June.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4% from last month, primarily due to double-digit decreases among the mechanical grade papers.

Additional key findings include:

  • Purchases of coated mechanical (CM) papers are up slightly compared to June 2011, which is the second consecutive year-over-year increase.
  • Shipments of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers are down year-over-year, which is the second-largest decrease in past 20 months.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) papers are at the highest level since November 2011 but still decreased year-over-year.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) paper shipments are down double-digits compared to year-ago but reached the highest point in the past five months.

The complete report with detailed tables can be purchased by contacting Dina Menton ( or 202-463-2710).

The American Forest & Paper Association ( 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 $190 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 47 states.