September  2002

     From the Editor
by Samantha Carpenter

                       The Lumber Saga Continues


“You may be interested in becoming certified…SHELTER is looking at the top three certification programs that affect our readers in the building products industry.”


The lumber/timber industry has been plagued by a number of issues over the last six months.
The first issue on which SHELTER reported was the Canadian lumber tariff. After publishing the “Timber!” feature in the April 2002 issue, we have continued coverage on the matter in each publication. (See related articles in May 2002, page 8; in June 2002, page 18; and in July/August, page 19). 

You may have thought that the decision on the Canadian tariffs was final, but at the end of July International Trade Minister Pierre Pettigrew advised “that Canada has won the key argument against the U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to levy a preliminary countervailing duty on Canadian softwood in August 2001,” reported PR Newswire.

A final decision on the countervailing duties was expected in late August and could be subject to three months of appeals, said Canada Newswire. Canada has also filed appeals with the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the organization isn’t expected to rule until February 2003.

“This is good news for American consumers … who are now bearing the brunt of duties averaging 27.2 percent on Canadian lumber,” said Bobby Rayburn, vice president/treasurer of the National Association of Home Builders and a home builder from Jackson, Miss. “We are confident the cases before the WTO and NAFTA will result in the roll back of the tariffs.”

We have received several letters on the Canadian tariff issue and appreciate those who have taken the time to write.

In the July/August feature “Not Fit for a Wood Chuck” on page 28, SHELTER reported on the issue of lumber, pre-treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA), being voluntarily banned from the residential market. While there are many alternatives to CCA-treated lumber, we want to know how this issue is affecting your business (i.e., have you had any problems finding an alternate material?)

In this issue, historically known as the “Lumber & Timber” issue, we are tackling forest certification. You may be interested in becoming certified, and, yes, there are a few organizations from which to choose. 

SHELTER is looking at the top three certification programs that affect our readers in the building products industry.

While lumber/timber is of utmost importance in this issue, we are also highlighting the upcoming National Sash and Door Jobbers convention in San Antonio, October 12-16, 2002, and the trends in the machinery–manufacturing industry.

I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always let me know what you think. 

Samantha Carpenter, editor


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