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World of Wood 2018 Expands to Include Wednesday Sessions

Wednesday, January 24, 2018  

Alexandria, Virginia – Today, Cindy Squires, Executive Director of the International Wood Products Association, announced an expansion of the agenda for IWPA’s 62nd World of Wood Annual Convention, 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 will take place March 14-16, 2018, at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana. To provide attendees with as much critical information as possible, IWPA has expanded the program to include sessions on Wednesday, March 14th. These sessions, which will occur before the President’s Opening Reception – the traditional kickoff to the World of Wood – include:


  • Due Care and Education Committee Meeting, 2:00 – 3:30 PM: In this meeting, which is open to IWPA members and invited guests, attendees will discuss recent developments in Lacey Act and EUTR compliance and chart the future for the next round of IWPA’s Wood Trade Compliance Training Courses.
  • Best Practices in Sourcing Mongolian Oak: Lessons from the Metropolitan Flooring and WWF-GFTN Collaboration, 3:30 – 4:15 PM: Join Elizabeth Baldwin of Metropolitan Flooring and Amy Smith of the World Wildlife Fund for an inside look at a special industry/ENGO collaboration as they travelled through China and the Russian Far East exploring the sourcing risks associated with Mongolian oak. Enjoy their “vacation slides,” as you learn what your company can do to help mitigate risks and promote responsible trade of this important resource. Discuss the requirements of the CITES system and gain insight on practical actions a company can take. Topics covered will include SOP options, types of Chinese and Russian documents to review, potential red flags, mass balancing conversions and additional supply chain control measures. 
  • Crisis Communications Workshop, 4:15 – 5:00 PM: Allegations of illegal or irresponsible sourcing are a real financial and reputational threat to companies involved in the global wood products supply chain. Join Andrew Escott, Head of Policy and External Affairs for the Global Timber Forum, as he guides attendees through best practices in preparing for and responding to harmful allegations in the press or investigative reports.


The full agenda, which continues Thursday and Friday, 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. The World of Wood Convention also offers unparalleled networking opportunities, with over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, offshore suppliers and service providers to the global wood products industry from nearly 30 countries gathering for this annual event.


Those arriving early for these informative sessions should also consider participating in the IWPA Annual Golf Classic which will tee-off Wednesday morning at Bayou Oaks at City Park. Additional fun activities include 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. 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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