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 everyone who attended the 59th World of Wood Annual Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. Make plans to join us again in Austin, Texas - April 5-8, 2016. Learn more here.


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

Composite Emissions, Risk and Opportunity April 24, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires

Formaldehyde levels, laminate flooring, deconstructive testing, and CARB rules -- topics once reserved for discussions at composite wood industry events, are now being discussed by investor, national and local media outlets. The March ’60 Minutes’ segment focused on allegations that testing of samples of laminate flooring purchased from Lumber Liquidators had formaldehyde emissions that exceeded California’s Air Resources Board (CARB) limits. The story and the resulting discussions have alarmed and confused customers, and attracted the interests of plaintiff lawyers. This situation, while challenging, also presents an opportunity to educate both your customers and suppliers. Read more

Window Opens for Congressional Action on Trade January 12, 2015

Posted by Cindy Squires


Can you even remember a time when Congress seemed to work? Maybe when President Obama worked with Democratic majorities in Congress to push through Obamacare? Perhaps when President Clinton worked with Newt Gingrich to move towards a balanced budget? Following November’s elections we now have a situation we have not seen in Washington, D.C. since 2010, one party control of Congress. Personally, having worked on the Hill during the Bush I and Clinton administrations, I see the current situation where one party controls Congress and the other controls the White House as the most likely to avoid extremes on both sides and most conducive to bipartisan compromise. Read more


A New Sense of Optimism October 23, 2014

Posted by Cindy Squires


In today’s virtually instantaneous news cycle each day seemingly brings the release of a new economic indicator. One day the new GDP numbers signal strong growth, and the next day job growth numbers give new reason for worry. I am convinced that not even the PhDs can make sense of it all. But after spending the last several weeks meeting with IWPA members on the tradeshow floor at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) in Atlanta and visiting member companies during a swing across North Carolina, I am getting a sense of renewed optimism across the imported wood industry. Read more

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