Printing-Writing Paper Shipments and Exports Decline by 8 Percent

WASHINGTON, DC—July 24, 2012—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s “June 2012 Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 8 percent in June 2012 vs. June 2011. Shipments of coated free sheet and uncoated mechanical grades posted double-digit decreases, year over year, compared to last June.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also decreased 8 percent in June. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4 percent 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, posting 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 one year ago, but reached the highest point in the past five months.

To purchase the complete report with detailed tables, please contact Dina Menton at or 202-463-2710.

About AF&PA
The American Forest & Paper Assn. is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. 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.