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AMS Finalizes Paper Marketing Order

January 27, 2014


Starting March 1st, 2014, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will begin to levy a $0.35 fee on every ton of paper and paper based packaging that is domestically produced or imported into the country.  According to the final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on January 22, the industry supported fee will finance a “research promotion and information program for paper and paper based packaging.”  This program will include the following categories:
  • Printing, writing and related paper used to make products for printing, writing and other communication purposes
  • Kraft packaging paper used for products like grocery bags and sacks
  • Containerboard used to make corrugated boxes, shipping containers and related productions
  • Paperboard used for food and beverage packaging tubes and other miscellaneous products
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