The implementation of the import ban by the Chinese government continues to create some big waves for our industry as all major and sudden policy changes have a tendency to do. We cannot afford to wait for the dust to settle.
We must continue to work on improving our industry. We are in the final stages of presenting a new, integrated structure to the Paper Stock Specifications of the ISRI Scrap Specifications Circular and hammering out the message of a Quality First campaign to breakdown the myths that haunt our industry.
In addition to trade policies in foreign markets impacting our industry, packaging, and environmental concerns have states turning their regulatory focus on us. We must stand together to make sure we support the well-nuanced laws that can help us and reveal the true issues in those poorly created bills that are more political tools than support for our processors, brokers, and consumers. Let’s also not forget that we have safety resources that are freely available to members to ensure lower costs in turnover and a more productive labor force. Our headquarter’s staff is always seeking out new opportunities to improve the education and training available to our industry as well.
Officer elections are around the corner. We are excited about the incoming leadership and encourage as much engagement as possible so that we can help each other succeed in uncertain market conditions.
Leonard Zeid, Paper Division Chair
Myles Cohen, Paper Stock Industries (PSI) Chapter President