International Wood Products Association
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IWPA World of Wood Annual Convention
Thank you to everyone who attended the 58th Annual Convention in St. Petersburg, FL. Make plans to join us again in Las Vegas, NV - March 18-20, 2015. View all presentations and photos here.
Government Affairs Updates
Burma: In 2012, the United States began a process of easing sanctions with Burma and officially issued a waiver and general license to ease the ban on imports into the United States of products from Burma. (see the full press release here.) Information about the U.S. Government's Burma Sanctions can be found here. Importantly, a number of entities in Burma remain on the U.S. Treasury Deparment's List of Sepcially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. The Myanmar Timber Enterprise remains on the SDN List can be searched here.
IWPA has launched an initiative to develop sustainable wood products trade in Burma and has obtained a Specific License for its Voting and Associate members that enables trade and other commercial contacts between U.S. wood importers and Burmese industry and government agencies involved in the timber trade under certain conditions. The license covers all IWPA Voting and Associate members and the Myanmar Timber Enterprise, a Specially Designated National (SDN) until July 31, 2015. Please read our press release on the initiative, and contact Joe O'Donnell for additional information on the License. IWPA members are urged to consult with IWPA before engaging in trade under the license with Burma.
Lacey: IWPA is leading a Coalition of other Associations to push for common sense Lacey Act reforms. You can read more about the Lacey Act here.
GSP: GSP expired on July 31st, 2013. IWPA is working with a Coalition of other associations pushing for a renewal of GSP as soon as possible. For more information, view our backgrounder on GSP. Until the program is renewed, you can read instructions from CBP on how to import here.