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No Import Tariffs on U.S. Lumber

With much relief, U.S. lumber is not among the products facing increased import tariffs in the wake of escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and many of our trading partners. China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union are collectively raising tariffs on billions of dollars of products they import from the U.S. in response to Washington’s efforts to curb imports. Fortunately, wood products are largely spared, with the exception of a 10% tariff on plywood exports to Canada.

“Each country’s list of targeted products is largely similar”, says Jerry Hingle, the Southern Pine Council’s international program consultant. “Tariffs on steel and aluminum are heavily targeted, but so is a long list of agriculture products strategically chosen to harm certain congressional districts in the U.S. Thankfully, our industry dodged this one”, he adds.

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SFPA Welcomes New Member

SFPA welcomes McDonough Manufacturing Company of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, as a new Associate member. Founded in 1888, McDonough has focused on delivering the efficiency and speed required by today’s sawmills. The company’s product lines include band mills, carriages, resaws and edgers.

Matt Tietz is the company’s owner and will represent McDonough Manufacturing with SFPA. Contact him at 715/834-7755 or send an e-mail to mtietz@mcdonough-mfg.com. To learn more about McDonough Manufacturing, visit www.mcdonough-mfg.com.

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EXPO 2019 Exhibit Sales Timeline Set

Beginning May 15, SFPA will be mailing the Exhibitor Prospectus for Expo 2019 to all companies who participated in the previous Expo. SFPA Members will have until July 15th to select their location and return a completed Exhibit Space Application. Later this year SFPA will mail the Exhibitor Prospectus to potential exhibiting companies who have participated in previous Expos or have expressed an interest in becoming an exhibitor at Expo 2019.

Click here for more information about how the booth selection and assignment process works. Click here for exhibit space rates and more details about the show, to be held June 26-28, 2019 at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

“I’m sharing this timeline with all members and past exhibitors to illustrate the window of opportunity to select an exhibit space – it’s a brief twelve weeks,” notes exposition director Eric Gee. “After September 15,

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