Russian Birch Grading
It’s important for your customers to understand the difference between Russian Birch grades when they’re purchasing material for specific applications. That’s why we are putting together information that you and your sales representatives can use to help explain these differences in more detail and to outline the benefits of each grade. We’ll be sending this resource to you in the coming weeks so be on the lookout!
To ensure your sales representatives receive this information, we encourage you to have them sign up for our monthly Newsletter – they’ll receive lots of other product updates and news as well! Tolerance variance on 5.2mm liner is ±0.2, and -0.5 / +0.3 on 12mm, 15mm and 18mm liners. Available in black or white, with one or two-sided lamination, this Cabinet Liner is in stock and ready-to-ship!
Lumber and Panel Pricing to Remain Strong
According to a recent article from Forest Economic Advisors, market analysts expect prices for lumber and building panels to remain strong for the foreseeable future throughout North America. Ongoing robust demand for building products from both new housing and home renovation will be driven by the tight inventory and advanced age of existing homes for sale in the United States, along with low interest rates and untapped home equity.
Annual Sales Meeting
USply held its Annual Sales Meeting last month in South Florida on October 12-15. Our sales representatives spent the week with company executives reviewing 2020 accomplishments, discussing opportunities for growth, and outlining our vision for 2021.
Vietnam Section 301 Investigation
United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) Robert Lighthizer announced in early October the initiation of two investigations with respect to Vietnam under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act (“Section 301”). The first will explore Vietnam’s trade policies related to the import and use of timber and the second will look at Vietnam’s undervaluation of its currency.
Ambassador Lighthizer stated that USTR “will carefully review the results of the investigation and determinewhat, if any, actions may be appropriate to take.” Historically, USTR’s actions to such investigations in the past have included taking no action, conducting additional monitoring, and implementing retaliatory tariffs on an expansive list of goods going beyond the underlying issues examined in the initial investigation.
Two separate Federal Register notices have been issued and provide details on the timeline of its investigation and how interested parties can submit comments. Find out more about the investigations on Import and Use of Illegal Timber and Currency Valuation.