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

July 22, 2011 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s June 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 5.1% in June compared to June 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last June.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 6% in June.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4% compared to May 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • May exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the third straight month.
  • Inventory of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased for the second time in the last eight months.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) inventory month-over-month decreased for the second time this year in June.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the third consecutive time in 18 months.

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.