Ensuring supply chain fluidity and meeting customer needs during this unprecedented time remains a priority. International Paper’s pulp, paper and packaging products keep consumers safe, promote wellness, and enable worldwide commerce.
To slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. –Canada border is closed for non-essential travel. However, anyone crossing the border with valid work responsibilities is permitted. Canada is the eleventh largest export market by sales for International Paper.
International Paper is working closely with the Forest Products Association of Canada to deliver messaging to government leaders regarding potential negative impacts for the supply chain from a U.S.-Canada border closing.
In EMEA, International Paper’s Svetogorsk pulp & paper mill, one of the largest pulp and paper mills in Russia, faces border crossing issues with Finland. Earlier this month, Finland initiated talks with the Russian border authorities in order to introduce a narrower time frame for cross-border freight cargo transportation between the two countries. The initial proposal by the Finnish border authorities was to keep the border open for freight cargo deliveries from 8:00 AM-8:00 PM effective March 21. Ultimately, Russian and Finnish border authorities agreed to drop the initial Finnish proposal to limit the time-frame for cross-border freight cargo transportation, which would have impacted chemicals deliveries to the Svetogorsk mill.
Government Relations will continue to monitor travel restrictions and border closures as countries are adopting measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.