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Federal & REgulatory Issue Updates


The NWPCA is the largest international organization of wood packaging professionals in the world. The wooden pallet industry is an $11.5 billion American success story, and there are nearly 3,000 mostly small family businesses operating in all 50 states and nearly every Congressional district.

We are an integral piece of the American supply chain and logistics industry, from forest and farm to factory and fork. While the pallet industry contends with the same issues as most American businesses and manufacturers, it has its own specific issues including those below:

Current Issues and Updates

Softwood Lumber Update
The Trump administration is taking retaliatory action against Canada over the softwood lumber issue. On April 25, 2017, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced a preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) rate of 19.88% will be levied against Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States.
ZIKA Virus and Export Shipments
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People’s Republic of China (AQSIQ) has stated shipments from the U.S. shall be subject to anti-mosquito treatment. The ZIKA virus is a human health issue and is related to mosquitos, not wood-boring insects.
Corrugated Pallets Fail Oregon State Tests
On January 27, 2016, House Bill 4089 was introduced in the Oregon legislature to give a purchasing preference to corrugated pallets over wood pallets. NWPCA worked closely with organizations in Oregon and the WPA on countering this initiative which was ultimately defeated. In February 2017, the Oregon Dept. of Corrections ultimately analyzed and turned down a proposed pilot program due to cost and viability issues.
International Code Council Update
In October 2013, a proposal in front of the International Code Council (ICC) would have eliminated up to 60% of this industry’s outdoor pallet storage space. Discussions are currently taking place regarding potential further attempts at restricting outdoor pallet storage space, including restrictions limiting stacks to six feet in height.

Invasive Species
As per Executive Order 13112 an "invasive species" is defined as a species that is 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. Invasive species can be plants, animals and other organisms. 

Endangered Species Act (ESA) 
Continued controversy of proposed listing of Northern Long-Eared Bat which could impact agriculture/forestry across 38 states and the District of Columbia. Review of the ESA overall - is it operating as it was intended?
Transportation

Wood pallets are a key part of U.S. supply chain competitiveness. NWPCA supports regulations that ensure road safety and are responsive to the needs of American truck drivers. 

Labor

NWPCA members are subject to stringent regulation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The wooden pallet industry supports a fair and reasonable regulatory process that fosters public-private partnerships.

 

Questions?

If you have any questions about these or any other issues, please contact NWPCA's Vice President, Advocacy and External Affairs, Patrick Atagi or phone: 703-519-6104 ext. 204.

Photo at top: Congressman Mike Bost, U.S. Representative to Illinois 12th Congressional District, and Patrick Atagi, NWPCA.