Before the Postal Storm Hits...What to Do Now
6. When considering imported papers, remember that most of them are measured in grams per square meter, Norman says. As a result, basis weights don’t compare equally to domestic weights. For instance, 65- or 70-gram imported paper compares to 43.94# and 47.32# domestic and is often sold as 43# and 47#, respectively, as decimals are often dropped. That 2 percent difference, he says, is significant over the course of a larger run.
Further, imported paper tends to be flimsier than domestic paper of comparable weight. And because the USPS is bringing back the “droop test,” verify that imported papers meet the “droop” specs.