July 09, 2020

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U.S. Customs Cracks Down On Plywood Importers

U.S. Customs issued a notice of final determination that substantial evidence shows that U.S. importers InterGlobal Forest, American Pacific Plywood, and U.S. Global Forest brought Chinese hardwood plywood into the United States through evasion. The allegation is that these U.S. importers are shipping substantial volumes of Chinese hardwood plywood through Cambodia into the U.S. without lawfully paying antidumping and countervailing duties.

U.S. Rescinds Administrative Review Of Chinese Hardwood Plywood Duties

The U.S. Department of Commerce will not conduct an annual review of countervailing duties on hardwood plywood from China for 2019, as all parties have withdrawn their requests for the review.

AHF Products Moves Production From Shanghai To Cambodia

AHF Products will close its engineered flooring plant in China and supply U.S. markets from its Sihanoukville, Cambodia plant instead. The Cambodian facility has tripled its capacity over the past 12 months and intends to double that capacity between now and the first quarter of 2021.

Andy O'Hare Named President Of CPA

The Composite Panel Association has chosen Andy O'Hare as its new president, beginning August 3. Andy has 25 years of diverse association management experience, most recently serving as vice president of public policy at the Fertilizer Institute.

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IKEA Linked To Illegal Logging

An environmental agency investigating illegal logging in Ukraine for more than 18 months discovered that illegally harvested wood has been used by IKEA in its furniture products. The illegal timber was certified as legal by the Forest Stewardship Council, the world's largest certifier of wood. IKEA is the largest buyer of wood and the largest retailer of wood furniture in the world.

Ukraine Tackles Illegal Timber

After the report that wood from illegal timber was found in IKEA's supply chain, the Ukrainian government announced that it would take action to prevent illegal logging. Another report noted that illegal loggers in Ukraine are taking advantage of the chaos caused by flooding and the coronavirus.

Source: 365 News

Endangered Brazilian Tree Species Poorly Tracked

Scientists found that the wood of 38 Brazilian species categorized as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered has been poorly tracked and, as a result, legally sold in Brazil and for export. Harvesting the 38 species is prohibited.

New Directive In Cambodia "For Show"

Indigenous groups and NGOs claim that Cambodia's new directive to end illegal logging is for appearances only, designed to change the country's reputation of being soft on forest crimes. U.S. and EU monitors report that a Cambodian national forest lost nearly two acres of woodlands for every hour in 2019.

The World's Most Eco-Friendly Furniture Factory Will Be In The Middle Of A Forest
Maine Wildfires On The Rise

So far this year, the Maine Forest Service has already reported more than 530 wildfires. This far exceeds the total for all of last year: 356.

Short-Term Gain Brings Long-Term Pain For Malaysian Rainforests

Malaysia's log exports have declined by 60% since 1980 because of the lack of available harvestable timber. Experts attribute the decline to the overharvesting policies of previous political administrations who didn't take long-term consequences into account.

Scientists Warn Of Increasing Threat From Invasive Pests & Pathogens
Gypsy Moth Devastates Eastern Ontario Forests
Quebec: Worst Forest Fires In 10 Years Caused In Part By Coronavirus
Another Chinese Flooring Firm Invests Big In Georgia

Yet another Chinese flooring company will make a significant investment in Georgia. Create Flooring Solutions (CFL) will sink $70 million into a new 252,000-square-foot plant, creating 300 jobs. CFL manufactures wood, laminate, and luxury vinyl flooring.

China's Log Supply Shifts

South America, Europe, and New Zealand are in fierce competition to supply China's growing need for logs. So far, most of the increase has been attributed to South America and Europe. European shipments have increased by more than 300% during the first quarter of 2020.

Manufacturing Grows To 14-Month High, Led By Wood Products
Single-Family Starts Flat, But Permits Up 11.9%
New Home Sales Surge 16.6%
Pending Home Sales Bounce Back
Existing Home Sales Fall 9.7%
New Home Purchase Applications Grow 10.9%
Builder Confidence Jumps +21 Points
Remodelers' Profits Still Flat
Consumer Confidence Rises
Canada Forecasts Lower Housing Starts
Researchers Develop Lignin Glue For Construction Plywood

Latvia's Latvijas Finieris, a developer, producer, and supplier of birch plywood products, and Finland's Stora Enso, a manufacturer of forest products, have teamed up to develop a glue for plywood that uses lignin instead of phenol. The change to lignin, a complex organic polymer that makes plants rigid and woody, would significantly reduce the carbon footprint of plywood products from production through end-use.

Timber-Concrete Composite Floors: A Winning Approach For Massive Wood Construction

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