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Annual Meeting Update

SFPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting is a GO! 

The meeting will be held, as planned, October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. The resort withstood the wrath of Hurricane Irma over the weekend, as the storm made landfall just a few miles to the south. The property remains structurally sound, though without power, and hopes to reopen within a week.

“Our meeting contacts at the Hyatt Regency assured us today that our meeting will proceed as scheduled. We look forward to seeing everyone next month,” noted SFPA Executive Director Tami Kessler.

Click here for the meeting agenda, resort information and the registration form. Remember, the hotel cutoff date is September 25 to receive SFPA’s special group rate.  If you make a hotel reservation, mention Southern Forest Products to obtain the group rate, and be sure to also complete and return the meeting registration form.

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Reserve a Room for Annual Meeting

September 25th is the cutoff date for securing a room reservation to attend SFPA’s 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held October 18-20 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Florida. Click here to make a reservation online. Or call 888/421-1442 to book by phone; mention Southern Forest Products Association to receive SFPA’s special group rate of $199/night, plus 11% tax and $10/night resort fee. Reservation requests received after September 25th will be based on availability at the resort’s prevailing rates.

SFPA was notified of a telephone scam where attendees are being called to make hotel reservations. This is a scam. You will not receive a phone call from the Hyatt Regency asking if you would like to make your hotel reservations. If you do receive this phone call, please disregard and do not give out any personal information to the caller.

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Record SP Exports in June

Exports of Southern Pine lumber greatly increased in June, amounting to more than 77 million board feet (MMbf), according to the latest reports from the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service. This volume represents an increase of 18% above the same month last year, contributing to an overall year-to-date increase of 13% when compared with the first six months of 2016. Offshore shipments during June roughly break down as follows: 40.4 MMbf dressed, 15.8 MMbf rough, and 21.3 MMbf treated lumber.

“We’ve seen continued growth in exports to China, led by SFPA members,” notes Jerry Hingle, the Southern Pine Council’s international consultant. “There has also been strong growth in SP exports to new emerging markets in Southeast Asia and Central America. SPC began promotional efforts in those regions within the past couple of years and those efforts are paying off,” he adds.

Softwood lumber imports to the U.S.

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