IWPA at IWF Woodworking Fair 2012. Learn how IWPA helps our members grow their businesses.
Our Mission: Advancing international trade in wood products through education and leadership in business, environmental and public affairs.
Established in 1956, IWPA is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 companies and trade organizations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in more than 30 nations across the globe. 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.
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 our legislative and regulatory advocacy. 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.
Inform your Business Decisions: IWPA’s eNews and trade statistics updates keep you in tune with a dynamic business environment.IWPA standards inform the marketplace. IWPA's media outreach efforts inform the buying public with stories placed in all major trade publications, the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press stories, and an interview on National Public Radio. Expect to see even more outreach in 2012.
IWPA Committees: Various industry sectors of the Association meet regularly to discuss the latest trade issues impacting their sector, develop product standards or 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 for business networking and information sessions on business conditions and key trends to watch. Discounted registrations for IWPA members.
International Wood magazine: IWPA's flagship publication is a proven marketing publication driving business to IWPA members and advertisers with a focused, impressive 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: Annual program that 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.
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 that policy-makers and 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.
"IWPA helps keep imported wood concerns in the forefront to related North American businesses, overseas suppliers and law makers. IWPA also provides a knowledgeable forum so members can discuss current issues such as the Lacey Act, CTPAT, LEED and CARB."... John Hedin • VP International • Columbia Forest Products
"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