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 (dina_menton@afandpa.org or 202-463-2710).

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 $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.

SOURCE: AF&PA