2019 World of Wood Convention to Feature Panel on the State of the Trade War

Presentations and Panel Discussion Will Arm World of Wood Attendees with the Latest Insights on Trade Agreements and Trade Enforcement

Alexandria, Virginia – The ongoing trade war has left the imported wood products market facing continued uncertainty. It is a critical time to keep up on the latest policy and market developments that will have a direct impact on sourcing and sales. To help wood products traders navigate these uncertain waters, today International Wood Products Association Executive Director Cindy Squires announced a session at the upcoming 2019 World of Wood Convention titled “The Trade War, Trade Agreements, and Trade Enforcement: Making Sense of It All.” The annual convention hosted IWPA will take place April 3-5, 2019, at the stunning Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

This session will feature presentations from leading voices in wood trade legal and regulatory compliance about what wood traders need to keep in mind as they navigate this trade war. Squires will give an overview of the current state of global trade as the Trump Administration looks to rebalance global trade through new deals such as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Attorney Jeff Grimson, a Partner at the leading trade law firm Mowry & Grimson PLLC, will discuss recent developments in the trade enforcement space, especially with respect to China Hardwood Plywood AD/CVD, Enforce and Protect Act, and Section 301. Sam Witten, Counsel at the global law firm Arnold & Porter, will discuss recent developments of interest to wood importers with respect to forced labor and sanctions enforcement.

An understanding of the state of the trade war will be critical for wood products producers, importers, and users as they navigate the new global trade paradigm.

In addition to top-notch speakers and informative panels that will provide you with the latest market intelligence, regulatory developments, and global perspectives, the World of Wood Convention offers unparalleled networking opportunities. Over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, offshore suppliers and service providers to the global wood products industry from nearly 30 countries gather for this annual event.

The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is a desert sanctuary located in a lush 100-acre desert garden at the foothills of the magnificent Santa Catalina Mountains, capturing the spirit, beauty and culture of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert. Newly renovated guestrooms offer private terraces, breathtaking views of the area and every creature comfort. Attendees and their families can take advantage of fun activities and networking events including the IWPA Annual Golf Classic at two internationally known Tom Fazio-designed PGA championship, 18-hole golf courses – The Canyon Course and the Mountain Course. The Spouse Event will be a Four-Wheel-Drive excursion to the upper Sonoran Desert where participants will encounter the indicator of the Sonoran, the Giant Saguaro Cactus. Stand at the base of a 30-foot Saguaro and learn of its growth, the natural habitat and the Indian legends surrounding this amazing beauty.

The IWPA special room rate expires March 3rd.

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