Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Up Slightly in March

WASHINGTON, DC—April 22, 2011—Total printing-writing paper shipments increased 1 percent this March compared to March 2010, according to the American Forest & Paper Association’s “March 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report.” Two of the four major printing-writing grades posted increases. U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 2 percent in March. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 5 percent compared to February 2011.

Some points of interest from the report include:

• Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments increase for the first time this year.

• Year-over-year shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) remained essentially flat in March.

• Coated mechanical (CM) shipments increase year-over-year for the second time this year.

• Uncoated mechanical (UM) year-over-year exports increase for the first time in five months.

AF&PA members can access the full report on the AF&PA StatMill Website.

About the American Forest & Paper Association
The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry employs one million workers and generates six percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Visit AF&PA online at

Source: release.