Total printing-writing paper shipments down
According to the American Forest & Paper Association’s
(AF&PA) September 2009 Printing-Writing Paper Report,
total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 11 percent
in September compared to September 2008. For the year
to date, shipments were down 19 percent – all four major
printing-writing grades recorded the lowest year to date
decline when compared to 2008 for the third consecutive
month. United States purchases (shipments + imports –
exports) of printing-writing papers dropped 16 percent
in September versus year-ago September and declined 22
percent for the year to date. Total printing- writing
paper inventory levels decreased 120,700 tons, or 6 percent,
Additional key findings from the report include:
Uncoated free sheet shipments at lowest year-ago
decline in the past twelve months.
Coated free sheet shipments climb versus the prior
month for the fourth consecutive month.
Coated mechanical shipments exceed 300,000 tons
for the second month.
Uncoated mechanical shipments hit highest level
in past ten months.