Even Cardboard Boxes Aren’t Immune to US-China Trade Tensions

While Donald Trump’s trade war with China has already caused losses for American farmers, its impact is now starting to trickle down into a surprising market: the cardboard box.
Some tariffs “end up being in our supply chain,” Sutton said by telephone Thursday. “Both China and the U.S. sort of need each other, and we just hope the elected officials can arrive at the conclusion before too much damage is done.”

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China’s tariffs have increased pressure on American protein exporters and could mean less demand for cardboard boxes, Sutton said. Some International Paper customers in the food segment are still figuring out what to do with the supplies that used to go to China, he said.

“That’s all evolving right now,” Sutton said. “You can’t change supply chains immediately.”