"IWPA membership exposes Georgia's ports to a wealth of opportunities, industry exposure and the capability to network with the chief decision-makers driving port selection within the wood products industry. For anyone wanting to gauge the pulse of the wood products industry, it's one of the best investments you'll ever make." Mark Troughton • Global Accounts Executive • Georgia Ports Authority
IWPA serves the needs of the entire industry by developing programs and providing services that will increase public acceptance and greater use of imported wood products in the U.S. marketplace.
Protect Your Ability to Conduct Business: Understanding that a core part of IWPA's mission is to keep the U.S. market open for imported wood products, IWPA has greatly expanded legislative and regulatory advocacy on behalf of IWPA members. IWPA’s registered lobbyists and volunteer leaders meet frequently with members of the House and Senate and regulatory officials to make sure they are aware of industry's top priority issues and concerns. IWPA is your staff in DC fighting for your business.
Information for Sound Business Decisions: IWPA’s eNews and trade statistics updates keep you in tune with the dynamic business environment. IWPA standards help the marketplace understand your products. While IWPA's media outreach efforts highlight stories about your products to the buying public. Articles have appeared in a variety of major trade publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press stories, and an interview on National Public Radio. Expect to see even more outreach in the future.
IWPA Committees: Various segments of the Association meet regularly to discuss the latest trade issues impacting their industry sector, working to develop product standards and other common areas of interest.
Marketing & Networking
Annual Convention: Network with nearly 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, distributors, overseas producers and companies that facilitate trade. Information sessions on business conditions and key trends provide the latest information to your business. There is always a discounted registration rate for IWPA members.
International Wood magazine: IWPA's flagship publication is a proven marketing tool, driving business to IWPA members and advertisers with a targeted and wide distribution to 20,000 buyers of imported wood products in the USA. IWPA's presence at tradeshows compliments your activities, and our new fully-searchable website adds even more value to your membership. Members are listed for free and receive discounts on advertising.
Online Membership Directory: IWPA's online searchable directory lists active members of the association. Web visitors can search specific products, species or services.
IWPA Awards for Excellence: This annual program recognizes the outstanding work of IWPA members in three areas: Aesthetic Excellence, Innovative Excellence, and Environmental Excellence. Award winners are featured in International Wood magazine and showcased on IWPA's website. Learn more (Winning with Wood Link).
Environmental Education and Outreach
Conservation, Utilization, Reforestation, Education (CURE): The CURE Program is an environmental education and outreach program that works successfully to protect both the tropical forests and the international tropical timber trade.
The CURE Program is one of IWPA's premier activities and produces IWPA’s flagship publication, International Wood. For over a decade, CURE's number one priority has been to ensure policy-makers and the industry's customers in the United States understand the very positive role commercial forestry has in helping to preserve the future of the world's forests.
In addition to the International Wood magazine, CURE publishes IWPA's Q&A Guides which are distributed to architects, designers, and U.S. users of imported wood products. CURE also enables representatives from IWPA to attend international conferences and forums. IWPA maintains an active role in the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the U.N. Forum on Forests, the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and other international and national organizations and events.
The ability of IWPA to participate in these conferences has allowed the organization to effectively convey positive messages on behalf of its members and to frame the debate on challenges the industry faces. Too often IWPA is the only voice representing industry at meetings where important environmental and trade issues are discussed. Without the presence of IWPA and our CURE program, policy decisions would be made in the absence of industry expertise and experience.
If you have questions regarding IWPA membership, please call (703)820-6696, fax (703)820-8550, or email.