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July 13, 2014

Posted By Cindy Squires, Wednesday, August 06, 2014
It is cheaper and often faster to share.  If we recognize this we can open up enormous opportunities for our businesses.  A recent bog post by Seth Godin got me thinking about how IWPA works to help its members share resources.  Seth Godin is a bestselling author who writes about marketing, the spread of ideas and managing customers and employees.  Seth noted, “since we can share resources, expanding to use all of something (a car, a boat, a vacation home) isn't just inefficient, it's wasteful.”

We talk with our members daily and encourage them to use IWPA as a resource.  We may not always have an immediate solution to a problem – but we can tap into our network, resources and other members’ experiences to find a path or solution more efficiently in most cases than can be done individually.  Additional benefit comes when individual members lend their leadership, resources and expertise to a project or challenge affecting the entire industry.

Recently, IWPA members formed a task force to figure out how to trade in Myanmar-sourced wood after April 2014, when the export of round logs is prohibited.  Recognizing that the issue could be more effectively handled as a group, a handful of importers worked with IWPA to look into the issue.  The group crafted a solution that was a win/win and sought the necessary relief.  Because of these efforts, all IWPA members now have a solid path to establish responsible trade in Burmese wood.  It would have been costly and as Seth Godin pointed out, a waste of resources for an individual company to do this on its own.   

Problems and opportunities pop up in our businesses every day -- a shipment is stalled at the port by an inspector, business costs soar due to a new tariff, a new regulation forces changes to procedures.  Our industry will continue to be under the global microscope by policymakers, regulators and non-governmental organizations.  As a valued member, think about how your association can work with you to address those problems and reach out to them.  By working with your association, you will be able to tap into critical assistance that puts you ahead of your competition.  

In the category of critical information – refunds on liquidated entries of Chinese Plywood covered by the antidumping and countervailing duty deposits were due on June 18th.   Importers have until December 18, 2014 to file a protest to avoid forfeiting their refunds.  Check each entry and file an appeal if your refund hasn’t come.   

If you are attending the International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta, August 20-23rd please stop by the IWPA booth and our reception on Thursday from 5-6pm in room A408 (Building A) and get updates on the latest developments.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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