Recognizing emerging trends in produce distribution, the corrugated packaging industry has developed a modular packaging system referred to as the corrugated Common Footprint Standard. The corrugated “common footprint” establishes recommended length and width dimensions and interlocking stacking features (tabs and receptacles) for corrugated containers to facilitate efficient loading, handling, storage and shipment of produce (fresh fruits and vegetables) on standardized pallets.

This “common footprint” standard applies to corrugated containers used to ship produce from the growing or initial packaging location to a retail location, usually through a distribution center, and includes containers that are designed to display produce at the retail locations.

The International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA) encourages its members to replicate either the European or the U.S. Common Footprint Standards so that produce shipping containers, specified by a customer to be manufactured under the “common footprint” guideline, are compatible with each other across international boundaries. The European and U.S. standards are harmonized—boxes made to either specification can stack and work together.

For the Common Footprint Standard technical specifications and details, please contact either FEFCO (Europe) or FBA (USA):
FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers)
Avenue Louise 250
B-1050 Brussels
Phone: +32 2 626 98 30
Fax: +32 2 646 64 60

FBA (Fibre Box Association)
500 Park Blvd.
Suite 985
Itasca, IL 60143
Phone: +847 364 9600
Fax: +847 364 9639

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Please contact ICCA with questions.