Total Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Declined in February

WASHINGTON, DC—March 25, 2011—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s “February 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6 percent compared to February 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers also decreased 6 percent in February. Total inventory levels increased 2 percent compared to January 2011.

The report also reveals:

• uncoated free sheet (UFS) inventory increased month-over-month for the fifth consecutive month;

• a year-over-year decrease of coated free sheet (CFS) shipments, ending a streak of increases for 15 consecutive months;

• purchases of coated mechanical (CM) paper decreased year-over-year for the sixth consecutive month; and

• uncoated mechanical (UM) year-over-year shipments declined for the second straight month.

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.