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Why We Exist

At the International Wood Products Association, we believe that properly supporting the legal and sustainable harvesting of international wood products is the future. By building understanding and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products, we are supporting sustainably managed forests and local economies throughout the world, while supporting jobs and industry in North America. The International Wood Products Association is creating strong partnerships by uniting businesses, providing them with opportunities for improvement and growth, and representing them with a powerful voice.

Mission Statement:

To build acceptance and demand in North America for globally sourced wood products from sustainably managed forests.

Established in 1956, IWPA is the leading international trade association representing the North American imported wood products industry, with over 200 companies and trade organizations engaged in the import of hardwoods and softwoods from sustainably managed forests in more than 30 nations across the globe. 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.

Learn more about IWPA's activities in the 2018 Annual Report to Members.

Our Values:
•Visionary Leadership
•Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability 
•High Ethical Standards
•Service to Members
•Lifelong Learning and Exchange of Ideas 

The International Wood Products Association enjoys the membership and support of not only wood products companies, but also many Associate and Partner Members who offer products and programs that help retailers continuously improve their businesses. Through IWPA membership, Voting, Associate and Overseas Members gain access to the community of fellow members, a voice in Washington, D.C. and many programs, services and products specifically tailored to our industry. 

A partnership between a strong wood products industry and sustainable forests are the best solution to secure a healthy future. IWPA provides the timely information and tools you require to ensure a bright tomorrow. 


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Phone: 703/820-6696; Fax: 703/820-8550; email

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