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How to Navigate the New Packaging Tariffs

How to Navigate the New Packaging Tariffs

In light of the latest round of Chinese tariffs imposed by the U.S. administration, CRP is anticipating a rise in the cost of overseas packaging and higher demand on U.S. factories.

 The latest USTR Tariff List targets over $200 billion in products including the materials used in packaging. As of 9/25/18, the tariff is 10%. At the end of the year, that tariff is scheduled to increase to a whopping 25%.

What is included?

Here are just some of the packaging materials listed:

  • Printing ink

  • Coated paper or paperboard

  • Uncoated, unbleached kraftliner

  • Uncoated, unbleached kraft wrapping paper

  • Uncoated sulfite wrapping paper in rolls or sheets

  • Uncoated multi‐ply paper & paperboard, bibulous & wrapping paper

  • Cartons, boxes and cases of corrugated paper or paperboard

  • Folding cartons, boxes and cases of non-corrugated paper or paperboard

  • Self‐adhesive paper and paperboard

  • Woven ribbons of man‐made fibers

  • Boxes, cases, crates and similar articles for the conveyance or packing of goods, of plastics

  • Sacks and bags for the conveyance or packing of goods, of polymers of ethylene

  • Molded or pressed articles of paper pulp

In order to avoid increases in costs and delays in production, we are currently taking steps to help our clients explore domestic options for imported packaging.


Specifically for paper shopping bags, we are fortunate to have direct access to many domestic options, including one of the most innovative manufacturers in the United States: American Paper Bag (APB). With faster production times and many more customization options and sizes than traditional domestic bags, the Pennsylvania-based factory has the capability of producing a wide range of designs in a shorter amount of time than imported bags.


APB’s production schedule is filling up fast, so we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible in order to minimize down time in your packaging supply chain.

Contact us today at [email protected] // 800.324.2247