Total Printing/Writing Paper Shipments Declined in January

WASHINGTON, DC—Feb. 23, 2011—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s “January 2011 Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing/writing paper shipments decreased 2 percent this January compared to January 2010. Two of the four major printing/writing grades posted increases compared to last January.

U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing/writing papers also decreased, down 4 precent in January. Total printing/writing paper inventory levels increased 4 percent compared to December 2010.

Some additional key findings include:

• Uncoated free sheet (UFS) inventory increases versus last month for the fourth consecutive month.

• Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increase year-over-year for the 15th consecutive month.

• Coated mechanical (CM) shipments increase year-over-year for the first time in four months.

• Uncoated mechanical (UM) inventory increased versus last month in the double digits.

AF&PA members can access the full report on the AF&PA StatMill Website: www.afandpa.statmill.org

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 www.afandpa.org.

Source: Press release.

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