Jeff Berman, Group News Editor · June 14, 2022

Following its passage by the U.S. Senate in late March, the U.S. House of Representatives last night followed suit, passing the Ocean Shipping Reform Act (OSRA) of 2022 by a 369-42 margin. The bill is now headed to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law, and will represent the first revamping of U.S. ocean shipping laws going back to 1998.

Feedback on OSRA from the World Shipping Council (WSC) had a different take on what factors are causing ongoing supply chain snarls OSRA is taking steps to address.

WSC officials said that throughout the pandemic, ocean carriers have gone “all-out” to keep goods moving, deploying every available vessel and container, as well as increasing sailings, and investing in the future. It highlighted that in 2021 carriers ordered 555 vessels worth $42.5 billion, with 208 vessels worth $18.4 billion ordered year-to-date in 2022.

“But as long as America’s ports, railyards, and warehouses remain overloaded and unable to cope with the increased trade levels, vessels will remain stuck outside ports to the detriment of exporters, as well as exporters,” said WSC officials. “”We are appalled by the continued mischaracterization of the industry by U.S. government representatives, and concerned about the disconnect between hard data and inflammatory rhetoric. The 22 (not nine) international carriers that serve the American people, industry and government on the Asia-United States trade are part of the global supply chain that has built this country, importing and exporting food, medicine, electronics, chemicals, and everything else we depend on. The increased rate levels we have seen over the past years are a function of demand outstripping supply and landside congestion, exacerbated by pandemic-related disruption. Until the import congestion is remedied, export congestion will persist. Ocean carriers continue to move record volume of cargo and have invested heavily in new capacity—America needs to make the same commitment and invest in its landside logistics infrastructure.”

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Luxe Pack LA and MakeUp LA took place last week, and between packaging and contract manufacturing exhibitors, sustainability and style were prevalent across the trade show.

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Contract Packaging

The resignation keeps piling up, and it’s spreading all across America, which is why the majority of businesses are concerned about their capacity to keep operating the packaging lines. Sure, the employment benefits are likely to end in September, which means the worker will be returning back. For this purpose, it’s the right time to outsource the packaging products and supply chain by utilizing contract packaging.

The brands can opt for co-packers as they take care of packaging, so you can focus on more important business tasks. In addition, they can leverage the temporary yet extensive workforce to make sure the business is constantly operating. Not to forget, you don’t need to worry about the business’s future and success. So, do find out some time to get co-packers on board!

GreenSeed Contract Packaging, a leader in sustainable external packaging operations for CPG brands, welcomes food processing and packaging industry veteran Mike Aykroid to its team in the role of Strategic Accounts Manager.

In his new role, Aykroid will provide large to mid-level CPG companies with quality, customized external packaging using forward-thinking research and development (R&D) insights, certified process and best practices, and data-driven technology. “We understand the importance of brand integrity and speed to market. That’s why CPG companies trust our expertise in bringing their products to market safely, efficiently, and with less waste,” said Aykroid.

Aykroid is also responsible for leveraging data metrics to develop methods to strategically maximize the profitability of brand products. Currently, he focuses on identifying mutually beneficial opportunities that support both GreenSeed and its expanding client base as supply chain disruptions continue.

Joining the CPA organization positions Texwrap to better communicate information, disseminate ideas, and share application expertise with its contract packaging customers.

The CPA is comprised of more than 200 leading contract packagers and contract manufacturers nationwide and provides business development support, industry education, networking opportunities, and industry intelligence to its members.

“Many contract packagers already rely on our packaging machinery for their shrink wrapping, shrink bundling and e-commerce applications, so joining the Contract Packaging Association is a great way to further connect with our valued customers,” said David Nettles, Director of Sales, Texwrap. “We’re excited to share Texwrap’s shrink packaging capabilities with the association. One of the main reasons for joining, however, is to hear input from contract packagers on their issues and applications. With their input, we can better serve them in the future.”

The most popular of Texwrap’s wrapping solutions for contract packagers are the CSS-2011 Series Side Sealer, the BVS-914 Series Vertical Sealer, and the TLS series of Auto L Sealers. All three models offer great flexibility in shrink packaging automation, wrapping product for either long or short production runs.