Trade and Sustainability: Preparing for New Packaging and Packaging Waste Requirements Around the World
ICYMI: More than 45 export markets require or are considering requirements related to packaging and packaging waste. U.S. exporters of food and beverages need to be aware of what’s coming down the pike and prepare to comply with new and often differing packaging and packaging waste requirements.
A recent study by TradeMoves of U.S. food and beverage exporters’ awareness and readiness for new packaging regulations found:
Looking ahead, recommendations from the food industry to USDA include the following:
Recognizing that solutions to reduce waste and innovate involve other government agencies and local municipalities, recommendations to policy makers and legislators at federal and state level include:
Packaging is pivotal to the safe delivery of foods and beverages to consumers worldwide. Pursuit of sustainable packaging measures in a multitude of foreign markets is creating a complex environment for exporters to navigate due to the lack of harmonization and differing priorities. To better prepare U.S. exporters to comply with these new requirements, greater collaboration among stakeholders must take place with the goal of promoting regulatory awareness, best practices, and packaging innovation.