Designers and Manufacturers of Foam Packs, Crates and Flight Cases

Plastic Packaging Tax

So what is the Plastic Packaging Tax ?

The tax is aimed at increasing the use of recycled plastic - and reducing the use of virgin grade and single use plastic ( bottles and bags predominantly )

By adopting these measures, the government hopes to drastically reduce the amount of waste ending up in Landfill sites.

We purchase foam and have looked at the implications of PPT for us and our customers. We have statements below from our Key Foam Plank and Block suppliers . These products will not cause us any issues with PPT.






Start Date : April 1st 2022

The UK Government will implement the Packaging Tax, at a rate of £200 per tonne on all plastic containing less than 30% recycled material.


Stretch wrap , Plastic Pallets and Tape are considered "Transport Packaging" for protection of your products during transit and therefore exempt - as the liability for payment falls on the Importer or Manufacturer of these products - not the end user.


The Plastic Packaging Tax is aimed at companies that produce plastic packaging, import plastic packaging, or import filled plastic packaging, where the plastic portion of the packaging contains less than 30% recycled content per component.

This will be applicable to UK manufacturers and importers of plastic packaging meeting the threshold of 10 tonnes and over - and registration by these companies will become a legal requirement when they reach this threshold.

As we interpret the Webinar by HMRC - Key points as follows ;

  • If the product or component is manufactured in the UK - the Manufacturer Pays the Tax

  • If the product is imported to the UK - the person / company for whom it has been imported is liable to pay the Tax

  • Items affected by the tax are for example:
  • Plastic bottles filled with Drinks
  • Ready Meal Trays
  • Bubblewrap
  • Sticky Tape
  • Re-Useable Plastic Boxes

Corrugated Board - LONG lead times and 5 Price increases in Quick Succession

10% increase 15th Feb 2021 -  APPLIED

10% increase 1st Apr 2021 - APPLIED

10% increase 17th May 2021 - APPLIED

8% increase 23rd August 2021 - APPLIED

13% increase 1st November 2021 - APPLIED

For More information on why this is happening - CLICK HERE    

Sorry it is not  good news and further to our price increase in February we are faced with a further Raw material pressure resulting with increases which will affect your prices from 1st April. It's extremely difficult to dress this up in any way apart from the simple fact that the demand is outstripping supply, we have no alternative in the supply chain as we ( as all other box plants) are on allocations with cardboard supply from all sources. Below is a brief summary what's happening in the world of cardboard boxes. Ongoing strong demand continues to outstrip supply .The shortage of raw material and high volumes of orders for sheet board has put more pressure on an already pressurised supply chain and as a direct consequence lead times are still unusually long for finished product. The shortage of raw material is massively impacting supply lines. Below are 4 stories recently in the national press - talking about the problems of supply, lead times and prices - please see links below. 

Forward planning of your orders is imperative With lead times approaching 8-10 weeks long our best advice is that you plan your orders well in advance and build in some flexibility - as keeping to scheduled / confirmed delivery dates is a constant and ongoing challenge. These are unusual times and with luck will prove to be a once in a life time event, it is being described by many in the industry as a perfect storm.....I appreciate that you will have other factors affecting your business depending on your market sector - but talking to customers it is clear that we are all under immense pressure in all directions at the moment, both in terms of rising costs and supply chains. Please be assured we do not take your business for granted - we will always do our best to help you - but equally the odds are stacked against us when it comes to giving the levels of service we would really like to be giving to all of our customers right now.