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INTERNATIONAL TROPICALTIMBER COUNCIL
COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC INFORMATIONAND MARKET INTELLIGENCECOMMITTEE ON FOREST INDUSTRY
Distr.GENERALCEM-CFI(XL)/5 Rev.127 July 2007Original: ENGLISH ONLY
 
FORTIETH SESSION7-12 May 2007Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
REPORT ON THEREVIEW OF THE US MARKET FORTROPICAL TIMBER PRODUCTSPrepared for:The International Tropical Timber Organizationby:Alberto Goetzl & Håkan C. Ekström
 
CEM-CFI(XL)/5 Rev.1Page i/ . . .
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PageExecutive Summary
.............................................................................................................................1
 
US Market Trends .........................................................................................................................1Tropical Wood Products in the US Market ....................................................................................1Opportunities and Challenges .......................................................................................................2Observations..................................................................................................................................3Recommendations to ITTO Members ...........................................................................................5Recommendations to the ITTO Secretariat...................................................................................5Recommendations to the Timber Trade .......................................................................................6
1.0 Introduction
..........................................................................................................................................7Terms of Reference ......................................................................................................................7Scope ............................................................................................................................................7Regional Context ...........................................................................................................................7Statistical Sources and Analysis ...................................................................................................8Studies and Reports on the US Tropical Timber Market ............................................................10
2.0 US Economy and Wood Market: Trends and Prospects
...............................................................11
 3.0 Profile of the US Wood Market
.........................................................................................................13
 
Drivers of Wood Products Demand.............................................................................................13Structural Wood Market ..............................................................................................................14Non-structural Wood Market........................................................................................................14US Hardwood Products Imports .................................................................................................14US Tropical Wood Market............................................................................................................17
4.0 Tariffs and Related Issues
................................................................................................................20
 
Tariffs...........................................................................................................................................20Misclassification...........................................................................................................................20Tariff Preference Programs and Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)...............................................22Countervailing and Anti-Dumping Trade Measures ....................................................................24
5.0 Non-Tariff Issues Affecting US Tropical Wood Market
..................................................................26Formaldehyde and Wood-Based Panels.....................................................................................26Illegal Logging..............................................................................................................................27Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)..........................................28
Swietenia macrophylla
(Big-Leaf Mahogany)
....................................................................
29
 
Other CITES Issues...........................................................................................................29Green Building Rating Systems...................................................................................................30Forest Certification.......................................................................................................................30Phytosanitary Regulations...........................................................................................................30Border and Port Issues................................................................................................................31Other Policies Affecting Tropical Timber Imports.........................................................................31Extending Existing Log Export Ban...................................................................................31Government Procurement.................................................................................................32“Buy” America Requirements.............................................................................................32Purchasing Restrictions on Tropical Wood Products........................................................32
 

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