In addition to the tragic humanitarian impact, the Russian invasion of Ukraine will impact the decorative hardwoods industry. In 2021, Russia was the third-largest source of U.S. hardwood plywood imports, with a total volume of more than 567 million square feet worth more than $334 million. Elimination of these imports could create opportunities for competing manufacturers. For those who import Russian birch cores for further processing, it is likely to create sourcing challenges. PEFC and FSC have labeled wood from Russia and Belarus as "conflict" timber.
In these challenging times, timely information can be the key to surviving and thriving. DHA is here to help: learn more from industry experts and your colleagues at the DHA 2022 Spring Conference and 101st Annual Meeting, from Monday, May 16, through Wednesday, May 18, in downtown Nashville. And now, DHA is providing FREE resources to help specify and buy decorative hardwood products. I look forward to seeing our DHA members at our annual meeting. Not yet a member? Reply to this email to learn more.
If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association