Printing-Writing Paper Shipments Declined Again
According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s August 2011 “Printing-Writing Paper Report,” total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 6.4 percent this August compared to August 2010. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases.
Similar results appear in a new IPG paper buying survey, to be published in our October issue, which reveals that 33 percent of in-plants are now buying less paper than they did two years ago.
According to the AF&PA report, U.S. purchases (shipments + imports – exports) of printing-writing papers decreased 10 percent in August. Total printing-writing paper inventory levels decreased 4 percent, compared to July 2011.
Some points of interest from the report include:
- July exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) increased year-over-year for the fifth straight month.
- Shipments of coated free sheet (CFS) decreased year-over-year for the ninth consecutive month.
- Coated mechanical (CM) purchases decreased year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month.
- Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments decreased year-over-year for the fifth consecutive month following 15 consecutive months of year-over-year increases. Learn more here.