Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Down 6.8 percent in July

WASHINGTON, DC—August 23,2011—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s July 2011 “Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6.8 percent this July compared to July 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to last July.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 4 percent in July. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 6 percent compared to June 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

  • June exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the fourth consecutive month.
  • Purchases of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased for the fourth time this year.
  • Coated mechanical (CM) exports increased year-over-year for the first time in 2011.
  • Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the fourth consecutive month.

Source: AF&PA.