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May 2017

VMA

US Lumber Coalition

Nothing new to report on the VMA.

Zoltan van Heyningen
1750 K Street NW - Suite 800
Washington, DC 20006
703-597-8651
zoltan@uslumbercoalition.org

WOOD
Western Red Cedar
Domestic Supply: We are now in the peak of the season
for shipping from manufacturers. Both sawmills and
distributors have very little inventory on the ground and
order files have extended to beyond 90-days on key items.
Pricing of cedar lumber continues to rise because of raw
material cost and pressures from more demand moving to
the US side of the border with the duty on Canadian cedar
products. The hardest to source items are still 1 × 6 - 6' Full
Width and 1 × 6 - 8' Full Width. Wet and cold weather in
the PNW is postponing log deliveries to the sawmills.
Canada: The Preliminary Counter Veiling Duty (CVD) decision
has been made public and a duty on Softwood shipments from
Canada to the United States from January 28th, 2017 through
the end of August 2017 will be assessed for most Importers of
Record. The companies excluded from retroactive duties are
Canfor, West Fraser, Tolko, and Resolute, every other Canada
Softwood Importer of Record is assessed a duty. For most
importers the duty amount is 19.88%. Canadian companies
that were part of the investigation are assigned individual
CVD rates depending on the DOC individual findings that
ranged from 3% - 24%. This CVD finding is preliminary
and a final CVD decision is scheduled for September 6, 2017.
This preliminary decision does not preclude a new Softwood
Lumber Agreement from being negotiated between the US
and Canada if a settlement can be reached. Initially it was
believed pre-assembled softwood fencing panels would have
a duty assessed, however, it was recently determined that
pre-assembled panels will NOT be part of this duty decision.
The next step in Canadian softwood import dispute will be the
Anti-Dumping (AD) decision that is scheduled for June 23, 2017.
Payments for Anti-Dumping penalties would continue for
6-months after the Anti-Dumping decision is filed following the
June 23rd decision. The Anti-Dumping penalty could also be
assessed retroactive for 90-days before the decision is filed, but
it is not a certainty. Again the Importer of Record will be held
responsible for both the CVD and AD penalties.
This initial CVD decision is preliminary and the final decision
will not be made until September 2017. Negotiations between
the US and Canada for a new Softwood Lumber Agreement are
currently underway. Please express your opinions and share how
the Softwood Lumber Dispute is affecting your business to:

Canadian Global Affairs
Jeffrey Briggs
580 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E4
613-698-3703
jeffrey.biggs@canada.ca
Red Pine
Red Pine pickets have seen steady take away from all
segments and are hitting full stride coming into Mid May.
Demand continues to be strong despite the typical spring
and wet weather that comes with it. Acceptance for the
species in new markets like the mid and deep southern states
has added to the demand for an available and more stable
species of pine. Home Centers, Fence Retailers and Hybrid
fence installers all are around 30 days ahead of pace.
White Cedar
Softwood producers in Canada raised their prices 19.88%
to reflect the CVD recently. Some producers are now
quoting 1×6 near $1500 while 1×4 is about $1000. All
products are about 60 days out. One mill in particular is
trying to collect the retroactive CVD that was imposed
on Canadian softwoods from February 1, 2017.
Western Woods - Doug Fir and Whitewood
As more picket demand has shifted over to alternative products
to Cedar and Redwood, the lead-time and order files on
Whitewood and Doug Fir pickets has grown as well. Price
increases have been reported on Spruce pickets as well in the
Texas markets. Some installers and distributors are looking at
Doug Fir rails as an alternative to expensive WRC rails.
Import Products
This year the imported product seems to be taking a page out of
history from 2006. With a strong fencing market in the US & the
19.88% CVD on all softwood shipped from Canada, the import
product has gained some traction in the marketplace. Like in
2006 & 2007 the mills in Asia are promising more containers
per month than what they can actually manufacture. One US
customer stated that they have 25 containers a month on order
for the next 6 months but the mills are only shipping about

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 16
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 18
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 22
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 23
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 24
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 27
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 28
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 31
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 32
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 34
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 36
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 40
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 41
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 42
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 47
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 48
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Index to Advertisers
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