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US wood packaging import requirements
November 3, 2017
There has been some recent changes to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website.
CFIA releases new HT Program Q&A document
February 28, 2017
CFIA has just released a new Questions and Answers document for the HT Program, to provide more details than is found in D-13-01.
CWPCA – 50 and 150
February 1, 2017
we are pleased to provide you with this update on the CWPCA, current happenings, and what to expect in 2017:
Trend Watch: Good Research is Canada’s Best Defence in SLA Negotiations
January 1, 2017
This past month has been a busy one and we have been fielding a lot of inquiries on the Softwood Lumber trade dispute extended Scope of Investigations.
Trend Watch: Pallet Cut Stock Targeted in US Lumber Coalition Petition
December 1, 2016
A US cross border dispute over Canadian exports of softwood lumber has been going on since 1992. Negotiations between Canada and the US following the end of the ten year old Softwood Lumber Agreement have proved difficult without any agreement being achieved.
Trend Watch: Plant Protection and Safe Trade
November 1, 2016
It was a first for our industry, getting invited to the annual North American Plant Protection Organization’s (NAPPO) meeting in Montreal last week where we joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in their presentation on Alternate Service Delivery organizations as well consulting with the NAPPO expert group on their new standard entitled: A Systems Approach To Managing Pest Risks With the Movement of Wood.
Trend Watch: The Next Generation
October 1, 2016
The next generation of business owners and managers in our industry is essential to the long term vibrancy of the wood packaging industry. It is a good sign to see new and younger entrants coming into our industry because it is important for the overall sustainability over the longer term.
Trend Analysis: What is the impact of the digital economy
September 1, 2016
Over the summer we saw big changes in the front office leadership of one of Canada’s largest retailers because the company wasn’t moving fast enough to meet the challenges of the digital economy.
Nature’s Packaging: The initiative grows and members reap the rewards
August 1, 2016
Last week we forwarded to all of our members the usage agreement for Nature’s Packaging, which will allow members of three pallet associations in North America - the Western Pallet Association, the National Wood Pallet and Container Association, and the Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association - to download the Nature’s Packaging logo and use it in your business.
Trend Watch: What’s our industry’s recycling plan?
July 1, 2016
Now here’s an interesting fact that points to why the regulatory landscape around waste management and recycling is set to change: Using the most recent data available Canada ranks in last place out of 17 countries.
Meeting the Regulatory Challenges of Global Trade
June 1, 2016
On June 3rd I attended on behalf of our members the CFIA Dialogue Session with National Industry Associations in Ottawa. Participating at this event was virtually every association in Canada representing food and plant manufacturers and producers.
CWPCA Annual General Meeting: The future is now!
May 1, 2016
Sunday May 15, 2016. Woodbine Racetrack, 1:30 pm….as the #5 horse crosses the finish line, laughter and high fives erupt as one of our delegates has luckily picked a winner…CWPCA AGM 2016 has begun.
Trends: If You Don’t Control It You Don’t Own It
April 1, 2016
As a business owner or manager establishing control over your core business processes is a key determinant of your organization’s success. We are often asked: how can good control be achieved?
CFIA Note on Taiwan's Import Requirements
March 16, 2016
Taiwan has revised its requirements for the Importation of Wood. Taipei International Harbor has been added as a point of entry for the importation of logs in bulk (not in containers).
Confronting the Misconceptions
March 1, 2016
I wanted to draw your attention to recent events that could affect our industry and the response our industry associations have developed to prevent the spreading mistruths and negative marketing about our businesses and the industry we work in.
WPA and Natures Packaging: What you should know
February 1, 2016
January 2016 arrived and with it came the anticipation of the year to come. From coast to coast the predominant feeling of CWPCA members is that times are pretty good in our industry.
CFIA Note on Turkey's Import Requirements
January 27, 2016
Turkey adopts new phytosanitary import requirements for wood of host species of the Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB)
Employee Compensation and Retention How do you measure up?
January 1, 2016
For most of my professional life, I have been a part of the recruitment, management, evaluation, and allocation of production staff. I have been fortunate enough to have done so in small companies, where I observed first hand behaviours and reactions of employees to company policies, remuneration levels, benefits and other “perks”.
Trends in Innovation: Lean Manufacturing
December 1, 2015
I recall the first time Lean Manufacturing started to make sense to me when it tackled the difficult subject of waste in the manufacturing environment. By waste I am not just talking about material, it also comes in a variety of other forms such as: workers waiting for material to be delivered to their work station, excess “work-in-progress” inventory, imbalanced work scheduling, and rework.
CFIA note on Turkey's import requirements
December 1, 2015
Turkey imposes new phytosanitary import requirements for ash, birch and coniferous wood. The changes will come into force January 1st, 2016.
A Word from the General Manager - November 2015
November 1, 2015
Pallet and container manufacturers from around the world attended the 66th FEFPEB 2015 Conference last month which was hosted by Timber Packaging and Pallet Confederation (TIMCON). We had the opportunity to sit down with associations representing Asia, South Africa, Europe, United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.
CFIA Notice on export certification of Ash wood to E.U.
November 1, 2015
The European Union’s (E.U) derogation allowing export certification of Ash wood to the E.U. Based on Pest Free Areas of Emerald Ash Borer and squaring of the wood is expiring on December 31, 2015.
Fire Code Regulations Update 
October 1, 2015
Last month at our Western Regional Meeting we had two fire safety professionals come and talk to us about how to ensure your business is in compliance with the Fire Code.
Value Chains:  A Competitive Advantage 
September 1, 2015
Last month, we were contacted by an insurance claims manager from Australia asking for information on the relative moisture content between heat treated hardwood vs. KD HT softwood used as export wood packaging material. The insurance claim involved several container loads of engines that had severe mold contamination after a sea voyage from the US.
Trailers: Critical Factor in Pallet Logistics
August 1, 2015
Trailers are an indispensable tool in our industry, a critical part of your supply chain process which has important considerations for your customers that use this equipment.
Implementation of D-13-01
August 1, 2015
D-13-01, the new policy directive has now been implemented. It is designed to modernize and remove the complexities associated with the previous certification program directives - D-03-02 for the Canadian Heat Treated Wood Products Certification Program (CHTWPCP) as well as D-01-05 and QSM-02 for the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP).
Notice to Industry - European Union adopts new phytosanitary import requirements for wood of host species of the Asian long-horned beetle (ALHB)
July 14, 2015
On June 10, 2015, the European Union (EU) adopted emergency measures to prevent further introduction and spread of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALHB) within the EU.
A Word from the General Manager - July 2015
July 1, 2015
In the 1980’s governments at all levels started to get serious about waste diversion as available landfill sites became more and more difficult to develop and fund. The desired outcome was to reduce the flow of material into landfill sites and to recycle or find alternative uses for that material. These regulations on waste diversion are still in place but they haven’t been effective enough in curbing the flow of recyclable products into landfill.
A Word from the General Manager - June 2015
June 1, 2015
Let me share with you an update on the past year’s activities of our Board of Directors, staff and committees, that was presented at our Annual General Meeting held last month in Toronto.
A Word from the General Manager - May 2015
May 1, 2015
One behalf of our Board of Directors we would like to extend a hearty welcome to Scott Geffros who joined us this month as our new Assistant General Manager. Many of you remember Scott from his many years in the industry as General Manager of Kitchener Pallet Services and WoodSave. Learn more about Scott and his plans to strengthen our members services a little further on in this newsletter.
A Word from the General Manager - April 2015
April 1, 2015
One of our long time members recently shared an insight with me about a frequent challenge that comes up on his sales calls. “When I visit a customer these days, I am getting asked more frequently about pallets and sustainability.” He asked me if we can do something as an association to promote sustainability within our industry.
CFIA Guidance - Mud, Splatter & Soil Guidelines
April 1, 2015
Issue: Spring and late fall weather conditions will oftentimes create wet and muddy conditions in mill yards, storage areas, and trans-load facilities. Increased vigilance in export markets has resulted in non-compliance infractions. Phytosanitary Inspections as of late have resulted in quite a few shipments where mud and mud splatter have become problematic.
PI-07 Back on CFIA Website
March 31, 2015
PI-07 is back up on the CFIA website, with some changes. For example, they have added option G.
Update on bilateral + increased CFIA enforcement
March 19, 2015
Update on ISPM-15 Bilateral Exemption between Canada and the United States There have been no change in the rules with respect to the termination of the current ISPM 15 bilateral exemption nor have there been any new timelines announced.
A Word from the General Manager - March 2015
March 1, 2015
Sitting in this chair, I get a wide variety of calls about market conditions for the wood packaging industry. A couple of weeks ago, one of our association members called me to ask if I had ever heard of a company called Perfect Pallet.
A Word from the General Manager - February 2015
February 1, 2015
Two points to consider: 1. Our federal government has made it a priority to expand global trade under the Global Markets Action Plan. Since 2007 Canada has completed seven new free trade agreements with 37 countries with another agreement in negotiation with the 11 countries that make up the Trans Pacific Partnership.
A Word from the General Manager - January 2015
January 1, 2015
For many small businesses it is often the owner who is responsible for sales, this is done for a good reason…it is their passion and thorough product knowledge that delivers sales results.
A Word from the General Manager - December 2014
December 1, 2014
With the escalating material prices this year, everyone has been looking for ways to reduce material costs of the pallets and crates we manufacture.
Weston Forest buys stake in Bramwood Forest Products
November 25, 2014
Rick Ekstein, President and Chief Executive Officer, announced today that Weston Forest Products Inc. has purchased an interest in Toronto-based Bramwood Forest Products, effective December 1, 2014.
A Word from the General Manager - November 2014
November 1, 2014
Last month, following our Eastern Focus Meeting in Windsor, a group of CWPCA members took the opportunity to attend the NWPCA Recycler’s Conference and Plant Tour.
A Word from the General Manager - October 2014
October 1, 2014
A few years ago, I came close to buying a wood packaging business. Fortunately, I had a good lawyer who persuaded me that the franchising model wasn’t a good fit in our industry and I backed away from it.
A Word from the General Manager - September 2014
September 1, 2014
This summer while I was out visiting one of our members, we had an interesting perspective on the value that association membership brings which I would like to share with you.
A Word from the General Manager - August 2014
August 1, 2014
I have been out meeting with association members this summer, and one topic we come to quickly is customer demand for lower prices and how to respond.
A Word from the General Manager - July 2014
July 1, 2014
As part of our ongoing discussions about equipment purchases in our industry, this month we will look at aspects of forklifts purchasing.
Update on bilateral exemption between Canada and US
June 25, 2014
Your association has had a number of inquiries in our office about the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had published a notice regarding their final rule-making for regulations governing the entry of Canadian wood packaging to the U.S. and the planned implementation of ISPM 15.
A Word from the General Manager - June 2014
June 1, 2014
Last month we published our Strategic Planning Member Feedback conducted at our AGM and one of the common themes we heard was that members struggle to recruit and keep workers who want to do the sort of heavy work involved in our industry.
Slowing the insect invasion: Wood packaging sanitation yields US $11.7 billion net benefit
May 26, 2014
The emerald ash borer (Agrilus plantipenis), a recent insect immigrant to North America carried in with the wooden packing material of imported goods, is projected to cause over a billion dollars in damages annually over the next decade.
New report on effectiveness of ISPM 15
May 15, 2014
Numerous bark- and wood-infesting insects have been introduced to new countries by international trade where some have caused severe environmental and economic damage. Wood packaging material (WPM), such as pallets, is one of the high risk pathways for the introduction of wood pests.
Electricity produced by wood stoves could result in cost savings
May 9, 2014
College of New Caledonia researchers have turned $20,000 into wood stove-generated electricity.
Canadian forestry companies leaner, more efficient
May 8, 2014
Canada’s forestry industry is second only to agriculture when it comes to increased sector productivity, according to a new report released by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), and British Columbia has been on the leading edge of that.
Peco Pallet shipping to Canadian Walmart stores
May 5, 2014
Peco Pallet Inc., is now shipping pallets to Wal-Mart stores in Canada.
A Word from the General Manager - May 2014
May 1, 2014
The Annual General Meeting brought together 40 members from across Canada to receive Committee reports and updates from both customers and suppliers.
Ottawa high school re-purposes wooden pallets in pilot project
May 1, 2014
The project involves students re-purposing wooden pallets into usable furniture and objects of everyday use. This is a pilot project being run in conjunction with MASC (Multicultural Arts for Schools & Communities) Artist group and St Joseph High School.
Lamphier: Analyst builds case for buying lumber stocks
April 8, 2014
EDMONTON - After reaching skyward over the past two years, lumber stocks are suddenly getting (ahem) nailed.
Violations reporting procedure
April 8, 2014
The best way to ensure program compliance is through an effective inspection program. Inspections are part of a comprehensive, three-prong approach to program compliance.
A Word from the General Manager - April 2014
April 1, 2014
One of the most rewarding lessons gathered from my years in working in the pallet industry was the observation that the most cost effective manufacturing plants with the best productivity were often the ones with the strongest safety culture.
Townsend Lumber FSC certified
April 1, 2014
Dave Townsend knelt beside a pile of 2,000 ash logs 10 feet high and 220 long, representing an estimated 130,000 board feet of sawn hardwood.
Weaker Canadian Dollar a Windfall for Forestry Sector
April 1, 2014
The Canadian dollar’s recent drop is creating some winners and some losers. Canada’s forestry sector will be one of the biggest winners, according to bond-rating firm Moody’s Investors Service.
Canada wins ruling on softwood lumber charges
March 27, 2014
OTTAWA - Canada says it has won an international ruling on export charges levied under the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement.
Vancouver port truckers reach deal to end strike
March 27, 2014
Container truck drivers servicing Port Metro Vancouver are expected to return to work on Thursday morning after reaching a deal to end a prolonged strike.
New video from NWPCA
March 24, 2014
NWPCA has released a great video on the significance of pallets to our every day life.
Rise in profits hint at Canadian forestry sector turnaround
March 24, 2014
Canadian forest and paper companies are turning the corner and returning to profitability, according to PwC's Global Forest and Paper Industry Net Earnings Summary for the quarter ending December 31, 2013 released by PwC today.
Vancouver truckers defiant in face of back-to-work legislation
March 23, 2014
With back-to-work legislation coming into effect as early as Monday, striking container truck drivers have yet to decide how they’ll respond to the order.
Lumber sector hampered by transportation challenges, abysmal sawmill service
March 23, 2014
The business of trading solid wood products in North America continued its sluggish pace this week, even as warmer temperatures and better weather in several key purchasing markets provided hope that the spring sales season is just around the corner, writes Keta Kosman in Madison's Lumber Reporter
Stella-Jones says growing economy, U.S. home market straining lumber supply
March 17, 2014
MONTREAL – Stella-Jones says a strengthening North American economy and improving U.S. housing market are putting a strain on the supply of lumber used for its railway tie and utility pole businesses.
Wood Pallets Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available
March 17, 2014
Buyers of wooden pallets have a buyer power score of 3.6 out of 5, reflecting a slightly stronger level of negotiating power for buyers. Buyer negotiation power has declined over the three years to 2013.
Forestry feels the bite of Vancouver port strike as talks continue
March 14, 2014
Talks continued on March 14 towards a resolution of the trucking strike that has crippled Vancouver's port and caused layoffs in British Columbia's forestry sector.
Resource Economy Needs Right-Sized Transportation System
March 10, 2014
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is calling for enhanced shipping capacity and a “right-sized” transportation infrastructure to ensure all sectors can get their goods to market to support jobs and growth.
Pallets Projected to Grow 5% Annually through 2017
March 10, 2014
CLEVELAND, OH - A new study from The Freedonia Group forecasts the global sales of pallets to increase 5 percent annually through 2017 to 5.1 billion units. This is an uptick from a slow period from 2007 to 2012.
Habitat for Humanity project makes new furniture out of old wood
March 10, 2014
In its former life, the wooden slats making up a bench for sale at Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County's ReStore were part of a portable platform — a pallet.
A Word from the General Manager - March 2014
March 1, 2014
This past month I represented our association at the National Wood Pallet and Container Association Annual Leadership Conference.
Lumber producers face rail transportation nightmare
February 18, 2014
As brutal weather patterns continued across the most populated parts of North America, lumber and panel traders reported mostly flat prices on solid wood commodities, writes Keta Kosman, publisher of Madison's Lumber Reporter http://www.madisonsreport.com
New CWPCP electronic inspection process
February 11, 2014
In an effort to streamline our inspection process, we have transitioned from paper to electronic inspection reports.
A Word from the General Manager - February 2014
February 1, 2014
Associations in existence today had their start when a group of like-minded people came together and said to themselves “we need an association”.
Calls renewed for criminal prosecution of workplace deaths
January 24, 2014
When the B.C. Criminal Justice Branch announced earlier this month that no charges would be laid in a deadly sawmill explosion in Burns Lake, the families of the two victims killed in the explosion were outraged.
Justice denied by rules of evidence
January 23, 2014
Tough questions will have to be answered before the integrity of B.C.'s system of ensuring safe workplaces can be restored.
Client satisfaction survey results
January 22, 2014
The results are in! At the end of 2013, we asked all of our clients to provide us with feedback to get a better understanding of where we can improve.
A Word from the General Manager - January 2014
January 1, 2014
A New Year is in front of us. If we look back on 2013, perhaps the most important step taken by the Association was to...
CFIA update to list of regulated pests
November 21, 2013
The List of Pests Regulated by Canada has been updated to include 15 invasive plant species considered to be regulated pests in Canada.
Risk analysis of CWPCP facilities
October 21, 2013
For the first five months of 2013 we gathered data on the certified facilities of the CWPCP in an effort to analyze the risk level in the context of the frequency of inspections.
Canadian Wood Pallet and Container Association Announces a Three Year Agreement with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency
July 9, 2013
After twelve months of industry consultations the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is finalizing a new policy directive, D-13-01...
CFIA notification - Revised US import requirements
June 5, 2013
Please note that wood packaging (W.P.) used in the transport of goods to the United States (U.S.) from Canada may be inspected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to verify...
Canada Wood launches website on phytosanitary guidelines
April 3, 2013
Canada Wood has put together a website on phytosanitary guidelines for Canadian exporters of Canadian wood products.
Memo to clients - Logs and lumber identification
February 14, 2013
Beginning in 2013 changes will be taking place to the structure and operation of the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program, soon to be merged with the Canadian Heat Treated Products Certification Program to become...
Louisiana company taken to court over illegal use of ISPM-15 stamp
January 3, 2013
Pacific Lumber Inspection Bureau has agreed to an out of court settlement in a trademark infringement claim the organization had made against a company in the southern U.S. for unauthorized...
Implementation of the ISPM 15 between CA and US
January 2, 2013
CA and the US have agreed upon the implementation of the ISPM-15: Regulations for WPM in international trade for wood packaging produced and moving between CA and the US.
CFIA discusses invasive pests and ISPM-15
January 1, 2013
The Asian longhorned beetle and the emerald ash borer are just two non-native insects that have invaded Canadian forests (including urban woodlands) and that are thought to have arrived in wood packaging from other countries.
9th revision of D-98-08
July 12, 2012
Please click here to view the 9th revision of CFIA Policy Directive D-98-08
Proposed revisions to CFIA policy directive D-01-12
June 27, 2012
Please click here to review the proposed revisions to the CFIA policy directive D-01-12, “Phytosanitary requirements for the Importation and Domestic Movement of Firewood”.
Welcome!
May 1, 2012
Welcome to the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program website!
Memo to clients - WPM travelling between Canada and US
March 21, 2012
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Memo to clients - dunnage stamp
November 11, 2011
A reminder that CFIA amended Policy Directive D-01-05 to reflect changes made in the revised ISPM No.15 (2009), with respect to the use of a symbol to identify dunnage...
Memo to clients - new procedures
October 26, 2011
This memo will inform all participants in the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program (CWPCP) of changes to increase the level of service to our clients...
Memo to clients - visibility of stamp
September 14, 2011
Please ensure that your ISPM-15 stamp complies with the requirements specified in D-01-05. Recently, CFIA intercepted a mark that did not comply (there was no vertical line separating the IPPC logo from other information, and IPPC lettering was slanted rather than upright).
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