International Wood Products Association

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Wood Trade Compliance Training and Due Diligence Tools Course

IWPA’s due diligence training course was developed in partnership with the World Resources Institute utilizing U.S. Agency for International Development funding. The course provides attendees with a comprehensive analysis of the requirements of the Lacey Act and other laws relevant to trade in wood products.   Learn More



IWPA World of Wood Annual Convention




Thank you to all who attended the 60th World of Wood Annual Convention in Austin, Texas. We hope you will join us next year in San Francisco, CA - April 5-7, 2017.



60th World of Wood Packed With Info Your Company Needs
December 14, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires

The first signs of winter can mean only one thing for IWPA: World of Wood Convention planning is in full swing. We are just a few months away from the one event that brings together every sector of the North American imported wood products industry, the 60th World of Wood Annual Convention which will take place April 6-8 at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas.  Read More


Election Season Means Clock Is Ticking on Trade
December 14, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires

So far, 2015 has been a great year for those who believe free and open trade is critical to the U.S. economy. We’ve already seen action on a number of trade bills and proposals that seek to expand global trade from less developed countries. Renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) means that the U.S. has retroactively reduced tariffs on many goods coming from several less developed countries as a way to spur economic growth for both sides of the transaction.  Read More


Trade Victories Pave Way for Historic Agreement
December 14, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires


Many wood products traders have been following the sometimes ridiculous machinations of the U.S. Congress over the last two years in search of the answer to a simple question: when will Washington see fit to return the money paid in extra duties during the lapse of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program? Thankfully, with passage of the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015, we are finally starting to see U.S. Customs and Border Protection begin the refund process. As important as GSP renewal is to many traders, Congress in this legislative package also set the stage for further action on a number of trade agreements that could boost global trade and hopefully spur further economic growth here in the U.S. and around the world.  Read More


Domestic Mill Owner Indicted Under Lacey Act - What You Need to Know August 8, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires


On August 6th the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington announced that three tree cutters and a mill operator were indicted under the Lacey Act for the alleged trafficking of illegally harvested Big Leaf Maple from federal lands. According to the indictment, the cutters are charged with theft of government property and damaging government property for illegally harvesting Big Leaf Maple trees in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Harold Kupers of J & L Tonewoods, who owns the mill where the wood was processed, is also being prosecuted for allegedly purchasing and selling wood prosecutors believe he knew was taken in violation of Washington State law. Read more


Lacey Compliance Returns to the Fore July 7, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires


For most Americans the Lacey Act has not been a topic of conversation since the federal government’s raids of Gibson Guitar’s Tennessee headquarters. Unfortunately recent developments with respect to allegations of Lacey Act violations by Lumber Liquidators have made it a topic not only for our own industry but for national news outlets as well. Read more


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