IWPA Announces World of Wood Panel Focusing on Lacey Act Compliance Solutions

The 61st World of Wood Annual Convention hosted by the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) brings together executives from every segment of the North American imported woods industry. This year’s Convention, which will take place April 5-7, 2017, at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco, California, will include speakers and panel discussions focusing on economic trends affecting the wood products market, social media marketing, customs enforcement and audits, Lacey Act Compliance, sustainable sourcing, and a deep dive on compliance with the EPA and CARB formaldehyde regulations impacting composite wood products.

IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires recently announced a panel discussion entitled “Lacey Compliance: Strategies and Solutions.” The panel will feature leaders from companies from different segments of the wood products industry that have implemented compliance strategies tailored to their business model. In announcing the panel, Squires stated “a cornerstone of IWPA’s Wood Trade Compliance Training course is the principle that compliance procedures must be tailored to each individual company and that company’s business practices. This panel will provide a robust industry-led discussion on how to implement systems that integrate Lacey Act compliance into business practices.”

The discussion will be led by Sam Witten, an attorney from Arnold & Porter, and feature Hugh Reitz of UCS Global who chairs IWPA’s Due Care Education Committee, Brian Glick who focuses on trade compliance at Vandegrift, and Elizabeth Baldwin of Metropolitan Hardwood Floors who co-teaches IWPA’s Wood Trade Compliance course.

Visit IWPA’s website for more information.

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