US printing and writing paper shipments in September down 7% year-over-year, as all four major printing-writing grades posted decreases; US purchases down by 10%: AF&PA

WASHINGTON , October 26, 2012 (press release) – The American Forest & Paper Association has released its September 2012 Printing-Writing Paper Report.

According to the report, total printing-writing paper shipments decreased 7 percent in September compared to September 2011. All four major printing-writing grades posted decreases compared to the previous period. The decrease in shipments followed the drop in U.S. purchases of printing-writing papers by 10 percent compared to September 2011.

Additional key findings include:

August U.S. imports of coated free sheet (CFS) papers decreased year-over-year for the tenth time in the past 12 months.
August U.S. exports of uncoated free sheet (UFS) papers increased year-over-year by more than 20 percent - the third 20+ percent increase in 2012.
September shipments of coated mechanical (CM) papers reach second highest monthly total for the year but are still down year-over-year.

The American Forest & Paper Association is the national trade association of the forest products industry, representing pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers, and forest landowners. Our companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources that sustain the environment. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP. Industry companies produce about $190 billion in products annually and employ nearly 900,000 men and women, exceeding employment levels in the automotive, chemicals and plastics industries. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at

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