Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Decline, Inventory Levels Increase

WASHINGTON, DC—Dec. 21, 2011—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s “November 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 4 percent 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 percent in November. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 2 percent 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.

Source: AF&PA.