Issues Facing

the Industry

The Softwood Lumber Dispute

The Softwood Lumber Agreement, which provided stability and predictability for the industry in both Canada and the United States, has expired on October 12, 2015. Since then, we have:

  • Hosted conference call with members where we explained the potential repercussions;
  • Created a new Trade Advisory Committee, which works to provide insight and guidance on the CWPCA’s position with regards to this specific issue;
  • Gathered data on dollar value of exports into the US on products covered by the Scope of Investigations and total board footage of softwood lumber used to build those products;
  • Attended the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) Preliminary Investigation in Washington, DC;
  • Worked with Global Affairs Canada to advise them on the repercussions of these potential duties on the North American wood packaging industry;
  • Regularly described the impact on our industry to our members through our Bark Bits monthly newsletter.
 

Changes In Legislation And Regulations

The main purpose of our Association is to represent the Canadian wood packaging industry, our members, and the products we manufacture. We do this by advocating on their behalf on issues that will affect them, such as the Waste Free Ontario Act, and by promoting wood packaging over those made of competing materials.

In 2016, we represented our members and their interests at the following events and meetings:

  • Expo Richmond;
  • PACEX Montreal;
  • NWPCA Annual Leadership Conference;
  • WPA Annual Meeting;
  • 40th North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) Annual Meeting.

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