The paper R&P program operates as the Paper & Packaging Board. The program's purpose is to maintain and expand existing markets and develop new markets for paper and paper-based packaging. The program is financed by an assessment on domestic manufacturers and importers of paper and paper-based packaging. It is administered by the Paper and Packaging Board (Board) with AMS oversight.
The program covers four industry segments: printing and writing (except for newsprint); kraft packaging paper (used for products such as grocery bags and sacks); containerboard (used to make shipping containers and related products); and paperboard (used for food and beverage packaging, tubes, and other miscellaneous products). The program excludes carbonless paper.
The program is funded by a mandatory assessment of 35 cents per short ton paid by domestic manufacturers and importers of paper and paper-based packaging. Domestic manufacturers and importers of less than 100,000 short tons of paper and paper-based packaging per year are exempt from paying assessments. The Board’s FY-16 budget is approximately $24.5 million.
In January 2014, AMS issued the Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Promotion, Research and Information Order, which created the program under the authority of the Commodity Promotion, Research, and Information Act of 1996 (pdf).
The Board is composed of 12 members appointed by the Secretary. Of the 12 member seats, the Board consists of 11 manufacturers, including 10 members from four regions, 1 at-large member from any region, and 1 importer. The 10 domestic manufacturer seats are allocated as follows: 6 members from the South, 1 member from the Northeast, 2 members from the Midwest, and 1 member from the West. The at-large manufacturer member may be from any region and must manufacture at least 100,000 short tons but no more than 250,000 short tons of paper and paper-based packaging annually. If there are no eligible nominees, this seat will be allocated to the largest producing region, the South.
To be eligible to serve, nominees must manufacture or import 100,000 short tons or more of paper and paper-based packaging annually. The Board’s composition may change periodically to reflect geographic shifts in volume. The Board is headquartered in McLean, VA You can access a listing of current Board members and alternates on the Paper and Paper-Based Packaging Board roster.
Organic Assessment Exemption
R&P programs allow persons that produce, handle, market, process, manufacture, feed or import “organic” and “100 percent organic” products to be exempt from paying assessments regardless of whether they are a “split” operation.