IWPA has written several articles on issues of importance to members. Originally appearing in International Wood magazine, they are reprinted below with the addition of Q&A on each topic. Please share them with your customers and colleagues.
Designing for Good, Creating Impact Where it Counts
Imported wood species can meet or exceed any design requirement, but it is a choice that has positive impacts far beyond wood. This article focuses on unique species, lesser known species, and how design makes a difference in more ways than originally thought. Read, "Designing for Good."
Sustainable Forest Management and Corporate Social Responsibility
The practice of "doing it right" presents a tremendous opportunity for the imported wood products industry because there are great stories to tell. There are industry leaders who "do it right" for their customers and overseas suppliers every day. These companies are practitioners of Corporate Social Responsibility. Read some of their stories in the article "Do It Right," along with a Q&A on the importance of international trade in wood products for developing countries.
U.S. Jobs and Market Quality
The American entrepreneurial spirit has flourished through the value of imports and trade by providing American consumers ready access to a vast world market of consumer goods. Read the full article,"Imported Woods: A Key Ingredient to American Jobs and Value Creation" and learn how imported woods are enhancing the wood products industry and how trade contributes to American prosperity.
A trip along the supply chain reveals how U.S. manufacturers and consumers' use of tropical wood products make a positive contribution to wildlife conservation. Read the case study beginning in Sarawak and come full circle in article "Assuring Legality, Protecting Wildlife." This article and the Q&A address many misconceptions and myths surrounding illegal logging.
IWPA publishes information on the U.S. imported woods industry and works closely with organizations that can provide market information, trade data and technical assistance. A few include:
- IWPA Grading Rules: Internationally recognized product standards of IWPA are technical guidelines of principal types, grades and other requirements for imported wood products.
- Wood Species Library: Technical data on domestic, imported, and lesser-known species from the U.S. Forest Products Lab.
- U.S. Import Statistics: U.S. import statistics for both hardwood and softwood products.