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.