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China Import Tariffs Take Effect on Packaging

Over the past several months, you’ve probably heard the news about increasing tariffs on Chinese goods. Since August, nearly 6,000 line items in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) were hit with a 25% tariff increase, going into effect on January 1, 2019.

In the third round of tariffs on September 24, 2018, nearly every type of packaging and packaging material made the list.

How the tariffs will impact Lumi pricing

Starting today, we will increase baseline pricing by 25% for the following products to account for the increase in tariffs. This tariff increase will only affect items in your Dashboard if they are made in China.

  • Poly Mailers
  • Poly Bubble Mailers
  • Paper Bubble Mailers
  • Laminated Pouches
  • Totes
  • Twisted-Handle Shopping Bags
  • Garment Bags
  • Kraft Mailers
  • Any other custom-sourced packaging items from China

Why are we applying the tariff increase today if it takes effect on January 1st? With current lead times for manufacturing and sea freight from China, products ordered today will be affected by the tariff increase by the time they enter the US. You can stay on top of the current supply chain status by viewing the Delivery Schedule.

Historically, we have sourced the majority of our flexible plastic packaging (poly mailers, poly bags, laminated pouches) from China because of their highly competitive pricing, matched with their high standards for construction and print quality. We’re working with our manufacturing partners in mainland China to mitigate the U.S. tariffs as much as possible and provide geographic alternatives when we can.

As always, we’ll keep you updated on any price fluctuations and the drivers behind them.


For an inside scoop on the US-China trade war, and its impact on supply chains, listen to our conversation with Erica Phillips, supply chain and logistics reporter for The Wall Street Journal.

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