How will tariffs imposed on imported Chinese hardwood plywood affect US manufacturers?

January 15, 2018

The International Trade Commission recently upheld tariffs on imported Chinese hardwood plywood that average 208% due to findings that they were "dumping" product on the US market and were having an adverse affect on US manufacturers.  We have been receiving calls from member companies asking what can they do to locate new suppliers?  The problem is that due to an average of 75-85% of Birch logs from the Soviet Union being exported to Asia, the supply of Russian Baltic Birch is unable to keep up with the demand.  One importer has stated that log prices are "going through the roof" and that prices are rising $10-20 per month per cubic meter.  It is felt that prices will continue to rise until they equal the price of the Chinese stock with the tariffs added as there is...

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Excess Capacity

December 5, 2017

In speaking with many of our members, the phrase frequently being heard is, “We have business, but we would really like to utilize our ‘excess capacity.’ It would really make a big difference on our bottom line.” 

With so many companies running as lean as poss...

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Will Your Asian Manufacturer Always Be Producing Your Product?

November 6, 2017

The number of upper middle class and affluent households in China continues to rise to a projected 30% of urban households, up from a 17% share in 2017. 

This affects the woodworking industry because as the Chinese economy continues to grow, manufacturers as we kno...

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How Can The Export Of Logs Affect Your Woodworking Business?

October 6, 2017

One issue we keep hearing about is the number of US companies that are exporting logs, with a majority of the exports going to Asia. 

Since the Soviet Union changed their policy on the export of raw logs and since China has banned the cutting of timber (under penalty of imprisonment ...

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Replacement Cost vs. Selling Price

September 1, 2017

What is replacement cost and does it affect the price you sell an item for? 

The association office continues to receive phone calls from buyers who would like to introduce a new product and who have an idea of what it will retail for. 

When asked if they have had any pr...

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