Total Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Declined in November

WASHINGTON, DC—Dec. 22, 2010—According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s November 2010 “Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 2 percent last month compared to November 2009. U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased, declining 3 percent in November. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels increased 3 percent compared to the previous month.

Some additional key findings include:

• Uncoated free sheet (UFS) shipments declined year-over-year for the sixth consecutive month.

• Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments increased year-over-year for the 13th consecutive month.

• Coated mechanical (CM) year-to-date shipments lead 2009 for the 11th consecutive month, while inventories are 22 percent lower than year-end 2009.

• Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments increased year-over-year for the 10th time in 2010.

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: Press release.