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IWPA Announces World of Wood Session on Customs Classification and Anti-Circumvention

Monday, January 22, 2018  

Alexandria, Virginia – The 62nd World of Wood Annual Convention hosted by the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) is the only event in the U.S. that brings together executives from every segment of the North American imported woods industry. This year’s Convention, which will take place March 14-16, 2018, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana, will feature speakers and panel discussions focusing on economic trends affecting the wood products market, leadership strategies, best practices for working with suppliers on due care compliance, the latest on customs classification and the EPA formaldehyde regulation, and emerging trends in global trade.


Today, IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires is excited to announce a session entitled “Beyond Scope: Classification and Anti-Circumvention Following the Chinese Plywood Ruling.” Many companies that import and distribute plywood products from around the world are adjusting their supply chains in the wake of the International Trade Commission’s ruling in favor of the Petitioners in the Chinese Plywood antidumping and countervailing duty (AD/CVD) case. Even industry veterans have questions about how this decision and the resulting duties will impact their businesses. To address these questions, Laurel Duvall, National Import Specialist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s National Commodity Specialist Division, and Kristin Mowry of Mowry & Grimson PLLC, the firm that represented the coalition of wood products importers and U.S. manufacturers that contested the case, will share their expertise about the scope of the decision and what companies should keep in mind when importing plywood products into the United States. Said Squires, “We are excited to have seasoned experts like Ms. Duvall and Ms. Mowry joining us in New Orleans. The Chinese Plywood AD/CVD case is having far reaching impacts and many firms have questions as they adjust to this new market reality. This is a must attend session for plywood importers and for suppliers to the U.S. market.”


In addition to top-notch speakers and informative panels that will provide you with the latest market intelligence, regulatory developments, and global perspectives, the World of Wood Convention offers unparalleled networking opportunities. Over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, offshore suppliers and service providers to the global wood products industry from nearly 30 countries gather for this annual event.


Attendees and their families can take advantage of fun activities and networking events including the IWPA Annual Golf Classic at Bayou Oaks at City Park and a New Orleans walking tour and lunch at the iconic Antoine’s Restaurant. The convention will conclude in true Mardi Gras fashion with a second line parade from the hotel to our closing Passing the Gavel reception and dinner. The World of Wood will take place in the historic Hotel Monteleone, a family-owned and operated hotel first built in 1886. 






Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association ( is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 220 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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