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Wood Trade Compliance Training Courses Move Online to Address Travel Challenges

Posted By Cindy L. Squires, Esq., Friday, July 31, 2020
During my time leading IWPA, one constant for me and so many of our industry leaders has been travel. Travel to conventions, tradeshows, visiting members, participating in key meetings, it seemed like it would never end. That is until COVID-19 shut down so many things, including non-essential travel. We at IWPA have worked hard to be quick and nimble in our efforts to meet our industry’s needs in the new era of restricted travel. First we moved the World of Wood Annual Convention online. And now we have decided to move several of our Wood Trade Compliance Training courses online as well.

For the first time this fall IWPA will be offering three courses from its industry-leading Wood Trade Compliance Training via live online classes on the Zoom platform. These live, virtual courses will deliver the same intensive and interactive instruction on sourcing and compliance. Each course will be taught for two hours per day from 2:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to facilitate participation by wood trade professionals across North America.

Registration is now open for the following courses:

Week 1
Advanced Wood Trade Compliance - September 29-October 1
This advanced course builds on the topics covered in the original Wood Trade Compliance course. For sourcing strategies, risk assessment methods, validation of supplier compliance to requirements and updates on the latest regulations and enforcement actions will be covered in this day long course. Prerequisite completion of the Wood Trade Compliance Training course.

Day 1 – Tuesday, September 29th
2pm – 4pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Day 2 – Wednesday, September 30th
2pm – 4 pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Day 3 – Thursday, October 1st
Self-Paced Learning Online Modules

Day 4 – Friday, October 2nd
2pm – 4pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Week 2
Wood Products Supply Chain Mapping - October 6 & 7
This advanced due diligence training course covers the basics of typical forest regulatory structures to aid the wood trade professional in understanding the wood and forest regulatory scheme of their wood sources. The course covers techniques on engaging your supplier and how to map a supply chain.

Day 1 – Tuesday, October 6th
2pm – 4pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Day 2 - Wednesday, October 7th
2pm – 4pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Formaldehyde Emissions Regulations - October 8 & 9
The advanced course concentrates on emissions standards applicable to plywood, medium-density fiberboard, particle board and products that contain them . Buying and labeling basics, product coverage and exemptions, importer and distributor responsibilities, documentation requirements and updates on the most recent enforcement cases will be presented and discussed.

Day 1 – Thursday, October 8th
2pm – 4pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Day 2 - Friday, October 9th
2pm – 4pm EDT (11am – 1pm PDT)

Tags:  Due Care  EPA  Formaldehyde  Lacey Act  Wood Trade Compliance Training 

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Staying Nimble is the Key to Success

Posted By Cindy L. Squires, Esq., Sunday, April 7, 2019
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019
Even with a strong economy, threats to your business can be right around the corner. Being nimble is the key to success in today’s wood products market.

In March, the TSCA Title VI import certification for composite wood products came online. At press time it appears that President Trump is on the verge of a huge trade deal with China that could eliminate the additional 10% tariffs on imported wood products from that country. In late May, IWPA staff will be traveling to Colombo, Sri Lanka to advocate on behalf of our industry at the 18th meeting of the CITES Conference of the Parties where the assembled countries will consider proposals to further regulate the trade in species such as Ipé and the genus Cedrela.

In addition to these issues that have been years in the making, there have been recent developments that even industry insiders may not be aware of. Formaldehyde may come under review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as part of the TSCA chemical risk evaluation process. EPA is expected to release its list of 20 high priority chemicals that will be subject to risk assessment in late March. This process could eventually lead to the addition of restrictions on use of formaldehyde.

IWPA has already alerted members about another emerging issue that we have seen gaining some traction both at home and abroad is the desire to prevent or disincentivize procurement of even certified tropical timber species. The California Assembly is considering legislation that would require a deforestation-free certification for a range of agriculture products being procured for state projects. How this certification would be made and verified is not at all clear from the legislative text. A group of Scandinavian countries that came together to promote the Nordic Swan ecolabel has proposed an extensive list of timber species that would be ineligible for the label. It is troublesome that even certified legally- and sustainably-harvested wood products would be excluded from eligibility.

Meanwhile, pressure for congressional approval for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is building. IWPA has joined over 300 industry associations in a coalition to support its passage.

IWPA works with our members and groups that share our passion for beautiful and high performing wood products to advance our mission of building acceptance and demand for the sustainable products our members supply in the North American market. The support of our members allows us to be a strong voice standing up to ill-conceived proposals that would have profound impacts for our industry. Just as important is the role we play in warning members about unforeseen risks that could be looming over the horizon.

If you are not already a member of IWPA, please reach out to us to discuss how we can help ensure your company remains nimble in the face of oncoming challenges.

Tags:  Cedrela  China  EPA  Formaldehyde  Sri Lanka  Tariffs  TSCA VI  U.S.-Mexican-Canada Agreement 

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