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IWPA Statement on Department of Justice Settlement with Lumber Liquidators on Lacey Act Matter

Wednesday, October 7, 2015   (0 Comments)

For Immediate Release

October 7, 2015

Media Contact: Mike Burita (202) 420-9361

mike@buritamedia.com

 

IWPA Statement on Department of Justice Settlement with Lumber Liquidators on Lacey Act Matter

 

Alexandria, VA – International Wood Products Association (IWPA) Executive Director Cindy Squires, Esq. issued the following statement in response to today’s announcement of a settlement between Lumber Liquidators and the United States Department of Justice related to the importation wood flooring products in accordance with the Lacey Act. 

 

“IWPA is committed to promoting the use of legally and sustainably sourced wood products from around the world. These products are critical to thousands of U.S. companies that utilize them to manufacture goods that we use every day.

 

“As we have always affirmed, IWPA supports the ultimate goals of the Lacey Act to eliminate illegal logging while maintaining the ability of U.S. consumers and businesses to source the highest quality wood products from around the world.  Our membership is comprised of many small to medium-sized, family owned businesses that operate in a global marketplace where the supply chain is complex and every participant throughout that chain has an important role to play.“

 

“In light of this settlement, we are urging all wood products importers to review their compliance procedures. To assist our members with this important task, IWPA has developed a training course for CEOs, CFOs, buyers, compliance staff, customs specialists, sales staff, overseas producers and exporters involved in the wood trade. The course Seeing the Forest And the Trees: Wood Trade Compliance Training and Due Diligence Tools will be offered in multiple locations in 2015 and 2016 and will help them meet their responsibilities under the law.

 

Compliance continues to be a challenge for companies that remain committed to fulfilling their responsibilities under the Lacey Act and other laws regulating wood products. IWPA continues to support common sense reforms to the Lacey Act that will help preserve the integrity of the Act and advance its policy objectives.

 

The Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to prohibit, among other things, the importation or sale of wood that was logged in violation of the law of other countries and to require an import declaration. To learn more about the International Wood Products Association and the Seeing the Forest And the Trees:  Wood Trade Compliance Training and Due Diligence Tools visit our website at www.IWPAwood.org.

 

Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association (www.IWPAwood.org) is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing nearly 200 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests.  Association members consist of three key groups involved in the import process: U.S. importers and consuming industries, offshore manufacturers and the service providers that facilitate trade. 

 

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