Total printing-writing paper shipments up in November
According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s
November 2009 Printing-Writing Paper Report, total printing-writing
shipments increased 2 percent in November compared to
November 2008 – this is the first year-ago increase in
nearly two years, the last coming in February 2008. For
the year to date, shipments were down 17 percent – all
four major printing-writing grades recorded the lowest
year to date decline when compared to 2008 for the fifth
consecutive month. United States purchases (shipments
+ imports – exports) of printing-writing papers increased
in November, up 1 percent versus year-ago November yet
are still down 19 percent. Total printing-writing paper
inventory levels increased 6,500 tons, less than half
a percentage point, from October.
Other key findings include:
Uncoated free sheet shipments were flat compared
to November 2008.
Coated free sheet (CFS) shipments were up versus
year ago for the first time since November 2007.
Year-ago increase of coated mechanical (CM) shipments
hits highest percentage since July 2007.
Uncoated mechanical (UM) shipments alone among four
grades to decline compared to November 2008.