March 18, 2021

DHA eNews - China's Tale Of Two Countries: Tariffs On Logs From The U.S. Vs. Australia

China's Tale Of Two Countries: Tariffs On Logs From The U.S. Vs. Australia

China will extend tariff exemptions on U.S. hardwood logs and lumber as well as 64 other U.S. products at least through September 16, 2021. U.S. hardwood logs and lumber were the only agricultural product on this list.

Australia's log exports fell 9.5% in January as the Chinese ban on their log imports continued to impact the industry. The results would have been even lower had it not been for a significant increase in Australia's log shipments to India.

U.S. Begins Review Of China's Hardwood Plywood & Wood Furniture Producers

The Department of Commerce published the names of 55 Chinese hardwood plywood manufacturers and about 50 Chinese wooden bedroom furniture producers that will be included in the annual audit of antidumping duties. Commerce will decide if there is any reason to change the duties for these companies beyond the initial cash deposit rates for shipments made in 2020.

A Tale Of Two Markets: Imports Of U.S. Lumber

In 2020, Canada's share of U.S. lumber imports declined. EU sources have filled the void.

DHA 100th Anniversary Celebration & Annual Meeting Set For September 7-9

Mark your calendars to brush off the COVID-19 blues and join your industry peers at the Sonesta Resort in Hilton Head, SC from September 7-9! The room rates are lower, too.

Capital Testing Adds Abrasion & Pilling Testing

Capital Testing (formerly HPVA Laboratories®) has expanded its line of physical testing services: the experienced technicians will evaluate your flooring, textiles, wood products, and more for scratch or pilling resistance using a state-of-the-art James Heal Martindale abrasion tester. Contact Capital Testing for a quote.

Indonesia's Deforestation Reaches Record Low

Indonesia's rate of deforestation reached a record low last year, a decline of 75% to an area about equal in size to Los Angeles. The government attributed this to regulations that prohibit the clearing of forests. 

A Tale Of Two Forest Policies: Manage Them Or Let Them Burn

The Federal Forest Resource Coalition cited the 2020 firestorm that destroyed 4.9 million acres of national forestland and the current housing affordability crisis as opportunities to create a win-win solution. More active management of our national forests, including timber harvest, can help address both crises.

Washington State Seeks $125 Million To Fight Wildfires

In Washington state last September, about 600,000 acres of forests burned in 72 hours. Now, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Commissioner has asked the legislature to dedicate $125 million for fire response.

China Is Planting Millions Of Acres Of Trees

As part of its greening program, China planted 6.77 million hectares (16.73 million acres) of forest in 2020. That's an area equivalent to the state of West Virginia.

A Tale Of Two Critters: Emerald Ash Borers & Super Termites

New University of Minnesota research shows a possible path in controlling the emerald ash borer: some fungi that live in borer-infested trees attack the pest - and other insects. The fungi are now being evaluated for their potential for biocontrol.

Meanwhile, a species of Formosan subterranean super termites has been found in trees in South Florida. Over the past eight years, these voracious predators have been attacking not only dead trees but also some of the state's oldest and largest living trees.

Senate Bill Seeks To Curb The Illegal Deforestation Driving CO2 Emissions

In Brazil, the vast majority of deforestation is due to illegal logging. The harvesting of palm oil from deforested land in Indonesia and Malaysia contributes roughly 1.4% of global net carbon dioxide emissions every year. A U.S. Senator has introduced a bill designed to change this.

Wood Adhesive Manufacturing Suffers Triple Whammy

Limited freight capacity and closures throughout Europe and the U.S. have caused shortages of the raw materials necessary for producing adhesives. This has been compounded by the severe weather in the South which led to the loss of significant refinery and chemical production capacities.

More Companies Stop Greenwashing

For the past ten years, a global advocacy group has directly contacted companies that made misleading environmental statements described as greenwashing. As a result, a total of 710 companies have removed misleading greenwashing statements since the anti-greenwashing campaign began.

MAP: See The Impact Of Wood Products Manufacturing On The Economy In Your State
Telemetric Wizardry Used To Address Shortage Of Logging Truck Drivers

A pilot project by a forest management company and a robotics firm is expected to create new jobs while addressing the severe shortage of logging truck drivers.

Residential Housing Market Continues To Lead Construction Recovery
Spring Housing Market Forecast: Expect Record Purchase Volume
Pending Home Sales Drop In February (But Were Up 13% In January)
Canada Reports "Unexpectedly High" Sales Of Existing Homes
Canada Posts Trade Surplus Of $1.4 Billion In January
60% Of U.S. Households Cannot Afford The Median-Priced Home
Nonfarm Payrolls Rise By 379,000; Unemployment Steady At 6.2%
Manufacturing Activity Up For 9th Straight Month But Supply Chains Depleted
Kitchen Cabinet Sales Grow By 10% Vs. Last Year
Lumber Prices Continue Their Climb As North America Shortfall Deepens
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