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IWPA: Time for Congress to Act on USMCA

Wednesday, July 10, 2019  

Alexandria, Virginia – International Wood Products Association (IWPA) Executive Director Cindy Squires today called on Congress to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement:

“It is time for Congress to move forward with passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. USMCA will improve market access and provide critical certainty for businesses in every segment of the North American international wood products value chain. The agreement includes strong support for sustainable forest management and notes that forest products, when sourced from sustainably managed forests, contribute to global environmental solutions including sustainable development, conservation and sustainable use of resources, and green growth. USMCA is a true win-win for the environment and industry alike.”

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.