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                                                                                        May 18, 2016
Successful Dubai Wood Fair
For the tenth year, American Softwoods (AMSO) exhibited at the Dubai Wood show, the premier event for the wood industry in the Middle East and North African region. An 18-member AMSO delegation fielded inquiries from importers, distributors and design professionals regarding the uses and benefits of US softwood lumber.
 
More than 260 exhibitors from 98 countries participated, attracting more than 8,000 attendees for the three-day event. Visitors came from throughout the Middle East, India and Pakistan.

A slowdown in economic growth, political unrest and a strong dollar have led to decreased sales to the region. Egypt remains the largest market for American softwoods with 2015 sales totaling $16.8 million.   
 
SFPA members can review a complete report of this activity, including a list of contacts made and additional market data, within the Members Only section of SFPA.org, listed under “Market Reports”.
 

SLB Features Treated SP Deck
The “Project of the Month” is a regular feature of the Softwood Lumber Board’s Wood, Naturally campaign. For May, a custom elevated deck in Des Moines built using pressure-treated Southern Pine is being featured today on Wood, Naturally’s Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest channels. Click here to view the tweet; click here to see it on Facebook. The tweet directs the nearly 10,000 followers of Wood, Naturally to visit SFPA’s dedicated website, SouthernPineDecks.com.

This deck, designed by Bruce Pierce of Concepts In Design in Des Moines, solved the homeowner’s remodeling objective of adding outdoor living space on a steeply sloping backyard. Railings included creative uses of cow-panel fencing and black drainage pipe. When it was built several years ago, this project was featured in a national consumer magazine.


AF&PA Invitation to TPP Webinar
In February, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was signed by all 12 participating Pacific Rim nations and it requires Congressional approval to go into effect. Once in effect, the TPP has the potential to become the largest U.S. trade agreement in history.  Click here for additional background information.
 
As part of its outreach to different industry groups, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) plans to brief the forest products industry on TPP outcomes of interest to the industry, and specifically issues regarding new market access, illegal logging and supply chains.  The briefing by DOC and USTR officials will be both in-person at the headquarters of the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and via a webinar for those not able to attend. 
 
This briefing will take place on Thursday, June 9, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET. Click here for the full text of AF&PA’s invitation and for details about how to participate.

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