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This will restrict WRC manufactured in Idaho for posts, rails
and fence boards. Year to date sales have outpaced last year by
5 percent on key cedar items, and the delay on additional shifts is
expected to create in season shortages similar to last year.
The hardest to source items are 1 x 6 - 6' and 1 x 4 - 6' #1-2Face
and 1 x 6 - 8' #2/Btr NPS. Prices on these items have continued to
rise as more markets across the U.S. begin their building seasons.
Expect lead times of 60+ days on commons in WRC and pricing
will continue to climb as we progress into the building season.
Canada: April 24 still remains a critical day for the Department
of Commerce's decision on a Countervailing Duty (CVD)
for softwood imports from Canada to the U.S. If the DOC
determines "Critical Circumstances" this duty could be
retroactive 90 days from when the ruling is filed. The importer
of record would pay this additional retroactive duty. Very little
reliable information has been released on what the potential duty
structure may be or if there will be grounds to establish it. These
unknowns have made supply of posts, rails and boards from
Canada very expensive if you can find coverage for the inquiry.
The second case for an anti-dumping claim was originally
scheduled for mid-May, but a request to push this date back to
the end of May has been requested. The anti-dumping claim
would be in addition to any countervailing duty ruling, and it is
also unknown what the claim total could be.
Red Pine
Red Pine Picket activity is extremely strong coming into spring
and is 30 days ahead of last year's pace. Order files are through
July at most mills, if not further. Many seem to be willing to put
volumes in earlier and commit to monthly POs. Historically
this has not been the case. Retailers and distributors are already
planning 2018 needs and will start taking products in Q4
eliminating the gap in ordering that can come after the Spring/
Summer push, indicating a tightness in the market that hasn't
been seen for some time.
Doug Fir and Whitewood
These species continue to be chosen the most often as an
alternative choice for installers who can't find Cedar or Redwood
fencing in a cost effective or timely manner. The pricing remains
relatively consistent to 2016 pricing while many other wood
products have gotten dramatically more expensive. Sawmills
reported lead times of three to four weeks on 1 x 6 - 6', and
sales have increased 60 percent for first quarter 2017 versus
first quarter 2016.

Import Products
All fence board products coming out of China are typically
Dog Eared (value-added). The Chinese government is trying to
restrict products that are exported with little or no value added
to them. Mills can export FT but there is a considerable tariff/tax
added onto the cost. The product coming out of Japan can be FT
or DE because there are no restrictions. The consensus from the
few who source this product direct is a volume of approximately
100-150 containers a month will shipped to the U.S. total during
the peak of the season. With the shortage of domestic fence
products, the demand for import alternatives is higher than what
the current production capacity can handle. Overseas sawmills
have promised to add capacity if they receive committed orders.
The concerns for overseas manufacturers is a repeat of what
happened in 2006, which by the time capacity grew to meet
estimated demand it flooded the market with poor quality
stock and prices fell dramatically. There is still a great deal of
confusion between the variety of imported species and domestic
species production.
Regional Sales Report
Pacific Northwest:
The West Coast has been exceptionally wet this year, and this has
caused a later start for the outdoor building season. Sawmills in
the West have reported supply and shipping problems caused by
the winter weather. There are strong leads, and installers report a
backlog of work.
Other Notes
Rail shipments for the month of March were down considerably
from last year because of equipment shortages from the railroads.
The product was available to ship, but both the UP and BNSF had
issues getting empty equipment back to the Pacific Northwest.
This has caused a lapse in supply of wood products delivering in
April to rail served markets, especially in Texas.
Southern Yellow Pine/Pressure Treated Lumber
As reported in the March report, there would probably be
another run coming once the weather broke in the North. As of
the second week of April, that run is officially happening. It's
not expected to be as sharp as the one we saw in February, but
it is expected to be constant and probably continue at least thru
mid-May. As usual, certain items will be affected more than
others, but most of the framing fencing items will be included
to some degree. Demand has remained strong with the mild
winter and good weather in most parts of the country. Another
contributing factor is Site Built (Apartments) is really strong
right now. These two factors, along with the North now coming

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - May/June 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencelines
Mistaken Identity: A Story of Cedar
Safety First
Minding Your Business
Class Act: AFA Education Foundation Bestows Seven Scholarships
Safety
Health Plan Checkup: Ensuring Your Benefits Program Is the Picture of Health
CLFMI
The Road More Traveled: 811 Car and 811 Bike Recognized as Damage Prevention Icons
New Members
The 811 Across Texas Public Awareness Campaign
Calendar
FenceSense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover1
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - cover2
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 3
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Editor’s Note
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 16
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 18
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Fencelines
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 21
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Mistaken Identity: A Story of Cedar
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 23
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 24
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 25
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 26
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Safety First
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 29
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 30
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 32
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 33
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Class Act: AFA Education Foundation Bestows Seven Scholarships
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 36
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Safety
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Health Plan Checkup: Ensuring Your Benefits Program Is the Picture of Health
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 41
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 42
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - CLFMI
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - The Road More Traveled: 811 Car and 811 Bike Recognized as Damage Prevention Icons
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - 48
Fencepost - May/June 2017 - The 811 Across Texas Public Awareness Campaign
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Calendar
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - FenceSense
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Fencepost - May/June 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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