The Fibre Box Association (FBA) has issued a statement addressing the need for the corrugated industry to keep functioning during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Manufacturers of corrugated cardboard boxes are working to keep transport packaging flowing to makers of essential products, including packaging for food and other consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical products, tissue and hygiene products and more amid the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dennis Colley, FBA’s President and CEO. “Corrugated and cardboard packaging is the backbone of the American supply chain. As COVID-19 changes our daily lives, we want to assure consumers that the box industry is continuing to operate and to deliver needed packaging to our customers who supply grocery stores, pharmacies, doctor’s offices and hospitals with food and medical supplies to keep us all healthy and safe.”

The association says it has joined with the Washington, DC, based American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) in encouraging federal, state and local governments to recognize the corrugated packaging industry as ‘essential’ when drafting ‘shelter in place’ orders. “We ask for clear exclusion of our manufacturing operations to limit disruptions to the supply chain,” says AF&PA. “Disruption in the availability of these goods would cause significant hardships to consumers across the country who depend on steady and stable supplies.”

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