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World of Wood 2018 to Include Discussion of Emerging Trends in Trade

Wednesday, January 31, 2018  

Alexandria, Virginia – Today, Cindy Squires, Executive Director of the International Wood Products Association, announced that this year’s 62nd World of Wood Annual Convention will feature a panel discussion entitled “Emerging Trends in Global Trade: NAFTA and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” The World of Wood Annual Convention, which will take place March 14-16 at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, Louisiana, is the only event in the U.S. that brings together executives from every segment of the North American imported woods industry.


“While America’s strong economy has buoyed demand for globally-sourced wood products, there is considerable uncertainty about how trade policy changes could affect our industry. To shed light on two critical trade policy discussions, we have invited experts from both the U.S. government and the private sector to discuss the outlook for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and recent enforcement trends relating to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.” Brian Ledgerwood, Senior International Trade Specialist for the International Trade Administration’s Office of Materials Industries will brief attendees on the ongoing NAFTA negotiations, especially as they impact the wood products industry. Sam Witten, an attorney with the leading law firm Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, will share his expertise on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and several other laws affecting wood products importers and discuss compliance considerations for importers. IWPA is also excited to announce that Andy Johnson of the Hardwood Market Report will introduce and moderate the panel, providing attendees with trade data that informs the discussion.


The packed agenda for the upcoming Annual Convention will also 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. 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.


Attendees should also consider participating in the IWPA Annual Golf Classic which will tee-off Wednesday, March 14, 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.