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

Jan. 23, 2012 - According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s December 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7% in December compared to December 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last December.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 5% in December.

Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 6% compared to November 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • Exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the fourth time in the past six months.
  • Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the thirteenth consecutive month, following thirteen consecutive months of year-over-year increases.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) shipments decreased for the ninth consecutive month.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the ninth consecutive month, following fifteen 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.