March 19, 2020

DHA eNews - China's Strategy: Destroy The American Cabinet Industry

China's Strategy: Destroy The American Cabinet Industry

The president of Marsh Furniture described the plight of the $10 billion American kitchen cabinet industry. He stated that China's unfair trade practices are destroying American business and leading to unemployment in small-town America, which will have a huge impact on the 250,000 workers in the cabinet industry.

Chinese Wood Flooring Duties May Be Revised

The U.S. Court of International Trade said duties on wood flooring from China must be reevaluated as the Commerce Department did not correctly calculate the flooring's export price.

Vietnam Finewood Out Of Business?
Container Lines Face $17B Shortfall As Demand Drops
AHEC Publishes European Market Report

The American Hardwood Export Council published its latest report on hardwood exports to Europe, AHEC programs, the Spanish design competition, and the latest EU manufacturing regulations.

Record Year For U.S. Hardwood Exports To India

2019 was a record year for U.S. hardwood exports to India, as the value of hardwood lumber and veneer exports reached $6.448 million. Hardwood veneer exports comprised the largest component, at $4.092 million.

Coronavirus Bill Passes In House

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201, the "Families First Coronavirus Response Act," on March 14 by a vote of 363 - 40. The bill provides paid leave in several categories as well as a number of tax credits.

China Looks To Bounce Back From Virus

New virus cases have declined in China in recent weeks and the rate of resumption of work has ticked up. However, the pace of the recovery in China might not be as fast as hoped for because of the surge in global cases.

Johns Hopkins Interactive Map Tracks COVID-19 Globally
Biodiversity Loss Is Hurting Our Ability To Combat Pandemics
See Photos Of Innovative Wooden Product Designs

See how wood can be used in striking, unusual designs as illustrated by a wooden automobile, a wood-framed bicycle, and a wall-mounted walnut mini-desk.

Hottest Trends In Kitchen Remodeling

The most popular home improvement project: a kitchen remodel. On trend is the use of multiple types of hardwoods. A recent design used maple and oak as well as three different styles of doors, each with its own stain.

Wooden Toys: A Christmas Hit In France

Last Christmas, wooden toys became the rage in France after Lidl, a supermarket chain, launched FSC-certified wooden toys. Wooden jigsaws, pirate ships, and dollhouses were among the most popular offerings.

DHA To Delay June Annual Meeting To Fall 2020

The Decorative Hardwood Association's late spring meeting at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, SC, will be pushed back to the fall of 2020. See the details on our website.

KCMA, NWFA, & HMA Cancel, Postpone Meetings

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, National Wood Flooring Association, and Hardwood Manufacturers Association have also canceled or postponed upcoming meetings and conferences. 

Grab Your Copy Of The 2020 Where To Buy

Get your free copy of the Decorative Hardwoods Association's guide of where to buy the best hardwood plywood, veneer, and engineered wood flooring.

Media Trends In The International Coverage Of Forests

Chatham House's recent analysis of media coverage issues and forestry reported a 67% increase in coverage of deforestation and its link to climate change between 2014 and 2018. In contrast, there has been a 25% decrease in the media coverage of illegal logging between 2016 and 2018.

U.S. Invests Millions To Mitigate Wildfire Risks

In this fiscal year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will invest more than $41 million in projects that mitigate wildfire risk through the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership. The program's objectives are to improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems on public and private lands.

Trees Could Help Solve The Climate Crisis

As more sources report that planting more trees could be the solution to global warming, some question if planting millions of trees will really help save the planet.

Source: BBC 

Dutch Court Rules On Myanmar Teak

A Dutch court has ruled that importers of teak from Myanmar must be able to trace the legality of the timber all the way back to felling. The latest case arose as a result of three complaints against Dutch trading companies.

Brazil Clamps Down On Press Contacts

Brazil's federal environmental agency ordered employees to stop all contact with news journals after Reuters reported that thousands of cargos of rainforest wood were exported without the agency's approval. Reuters said that the lack of authorization means the exported wood was likely illegally harvested from the Amazon.

Niger Confiscates 33 Truckloads Of Illegal Timber
U.S. Home Prices Rise
Mortgage Rates Hit All-Time Low
Mortgage Delinquencies Fall To 20-Year Low
Mortgage Applications Jump 55%
Canadian Housing Starts Slip
Realtors See Traffic Slow Due To Virus Fears

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