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By Popular Demand: New Course Added for IWPA National Due Care Training Program

Friday, August 12, 2016  
Posted by: Joe O'Donnell

For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Mike Burita 202.420.9361 or


IWF Attendees Can Take Advantage of In-Depth Courses That Will Empower Executives and Staff to Help Avoid Lacey Act Violations and other Critical Compliance Issues


Alexandria, Virginia – In response to sellout attendance across the country, the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) has added an additional class to its due care training program for wood trade professionals to help them establish standard operating procedures to comply with the Lacey Act.  The training program, “Seeing the Forest and the Trees,” is designed for CEOs, CFOs, buyers, compliance staff, customs specialists, sales staff, overseas producers and exporters and was developed in partnership with the World Resources Institute utilizing U.S. Agency for International Development funding.  The course provides attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the requirements of the Lacey Act as well as other important laws relevant to the trade in wood products including regulations on formaldehyde, CITES and CBP audits.


In addition to its previously scheduled August 23rd course in Atlanta, IWPA is adding an additional program on August 22 ahead of the 2016 International Woodworking Fair, the leading trade show in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries. The courses will be taught at day-long sessions in an effort to arm those buying and selling wood products with the latest information about resources and procedures that will allow them to tailor a compliance system for their own market niche. 


“We’re thrilled with the interest and response on this important training program,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires.  “Industry leaders are taking compliance requirements across a range of regulations very seriously, particularly in light of the recent Lumber Liquidator’s $13.5 million settlement with the Department of Justice on Customs Law and Lacey Act violations.  As previous attendees have found, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to sourcing and compliance. These due diligence tools reflect the legal requirements and the industry’s need for flexibility to adjust their corporate standards and procedures based on the particular specifications of their product, the country of origin and the complexity of their supply chain.”


Following the Atlanta courses, IWPA’s final 2016 program offering will be in Alexandria, Virgina on September 21st, concurrent with the organization’s Member Meeting and Fly-In.  Registration for all remaining courses is open at


See more details on IWPA’s Due Care Compliance Training Series .  To arrange an interview with an IWPA Spokesperson, contact Mike Burita at 202.420.9361 or


Established in 1956, the International Wood Products Association’s ( mission is to build acceptance and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests.  IWPA is the leading international trade association for the North American imported wood products industry, representing 200 companies and trade associations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods.  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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