How long can paper sit in storage and still be useable?

Our in-house On Demand printing group ordered an eighteen month supply of Xerox #20 paper in error. How long can this paper sit cartoned in a warehouse (not humidity controlled) and still run okay on our Docutech equipment?

K. N.

The Xerox 20# paper in question should last just fine for at least two years in normal, reasonable warehouse conditions, even if the warehouse is not humidity controlled. This hinges upon keeping the paper in both the original ream wrapping and the shipping cartons until taken into the production facility for use.

Here are some tips for storing and conditioning paper:

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