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HPVA® eNews Volume IX, Issue XXV: Happy Holidays! | Chinese Plywood Dumped At Over 100% | ITC Votes Dec 30 On Chinese Plywood | Formaldehyde Rule Goes Into Effect
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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Happy Holidays!


 
From all of us at HPVA® and HPVA Laboratories®, best wishes to you and your family for a joyful holiday season, and for a happy and prosperous 2017.



Photo of Santa’s House at the North Pole © Zillow.

REGULATORY NEWS

Chinese Plywood Dumped At 100%+


In the anti-dumping/countervailing duty case brought by 6 U.S. hardwood plywood manufacturers against Chinese producers, the U.S. Department of Commerce found preliminary dumping margins of over 100% and identified 30 Chinese government subsidy programs that may be countervailable. Further investigation by Commerce depends on the International Trade Commission deciding that these dumping margins may cause injury to U.S. industry and that this warrants further investigation.

Source: HPVA®; Woodworking Network, December 13; Law360, Reuters, December 12, 2016.
 
St-Raymond Veneers

ITC Votes Dec 30 On Chinese Plywood


On December 9, ITC staff held a preliminary hearing with U.S. petitioners and defendants in the recently filed anti-dumping case against Chinese hardwood plywood producers. On December 30, ITC commissioners will vote to determine if U.S. industry is being damaged by Chinese hardwood plywood imports and if a full investigation is required. The commissioners' opinions and staff report will be available in January.

Source: HPVA®; ECNS, December 13, 2016.

Formaldehyde Rule Goes Into Effect


The EPA formaldehyde rule was published on Monday in the December 12 Federal Register with implementation set for 60 days from the date published. Formaldehyde levels are based on CARB Phase 2 standards: 0.05 ppm for hardwood plywood, 0.09 ppm for particleboard, 0.11 ppm for MDF, and 0.13 ppm for thin MDF. Go to HPVA® for more details on the requirements and HPVA Laboratories® for compliance testing and certification.

Source: HPVA®; Federal Register, Furniture Today, Woodworking Network, December 12; The Hill, December 9, 2016. See the EPA website for dates of webinars on the new rule.
 
Besse Forest Products Group

ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS

China's Imports Of Illegal Timber


It's estimated that 15% of China's timber imports are illegal, based on the most recent data available. China, the largest global timber importer, saw demand double from 2000 to 2012 for both domestic and export markets. China is a particularly important market for high-value hardwoods, for which there is significant illegal trade. Mozambican authorities recently confiscated a large haul of illegal timber in the northern port of Nacala. Authorities believe that the 1,300 containers of logs were en route to China.

Source: Atlanta Black Star, December 8; Chatham House, October 20, 2016.
 

Facts On Forest Growth, Recycling


Forest area in the U.S. increased by nearly 8,000 acres per day from 2007 to 2012. The volume of wood in U.S. timberlands increased 16 million cu.ft. over that 5-year period, enough to fill 159 Empire State Buildings per year. In 2015 alone, the U.S. recovered enough recycled paper to fill 125 Empire State Buildings. From 2005 to 2015, U.S. forests stored 169 million metric tons of carbon per year, equivalent to taking 137 million cars off the road every year.

Source: Two Sides, December 7, 2016.
 
Veneer Tech
 NEWS BRIEFS

FSC Board Ignores FSC Report

A scathing report released by the FSC details systematic illegal timber sourcing by Holzindustrie Schweighofer. The FSC board refused to accept the recommended solution.
Source: Timberbiz, December 8, 2016.
 

OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule

The OSHA rule that prevents employers from automatically drug testing workers after an accident will move forward.
Source: Construction Dive, November 30, 2016.
 
Columbia Forest Products
HPVA Laboratories

Four Trends Shape 2017 Housing

Expect millennials, who are 33% of the U.S. housing market, and baby boomers, 30% of the market, to dominate new housing in 2017.
Source: Construction Dive, November 30, 2016.
 

No Cooling In Chinese Housing

Housing sales in China continue to grow, rising almost 43% in the first 10 months of 2016 vs. last year.
Source: Fordaq, December 7, 2016.


SLIDE SHOW: MN Timber Building

See a fascinating slide show of the U.S.'s largest timber building. The structure was created from prefabricated timber panels and assembled onsite like LEGO blocks.
Source: Inhabitat, November 30, 2016.
Hardwood Forestry Fund

New European Biomass Proposal

The European Commission proposed new sustainability criteria for forest biomass. European forest owners reiterated concerns over the introduction of a new system.
Source: European State Forest Association, November 30, 2016.
 

FAO Applauds FLEGT Licensing

FAO welcomed the first shipment of FLEGT-licensed timber to the EU from Indonesia. FLEGT is designed to stop illegal logging.
Source: Fordaq, December 2, 2016.


VIDEO: The Evolution of U.S. Homes

This 90-second video reveals how sizes and features of American homes have changed over the past 40 years.
Source: CNN Money.  
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