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Forest Products Supply Chain Faces Logger Shortage - Jun 13, 2019 
The median age of loggers nationwide is over 50 years old, and many young workers are opting for less dangerous, more lucrative professions.: NEWS BRIEF: According to a New York Times article, China may have banned logging in its own forests, but has no qualms about decimating forests in other parts of the world.; Pallet Profile Added Green Pine Cants: We need your help as we look to add more softwood information east of the Rockies later this year. more...
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CHEP Launches Sustainability Initiative - Jun 7, 2019 
Focusing on eliminating physical waste and eradicating empty transport miles, Brambles, the parent company behind CHEP, has started a program called Zero Waste World.: Pallet Profile Adds Green Pine Cants, Looks to Add Other Softwood Products: We have finally added green pine cants, specifically SYP, after months of gathering data. This new feature has led to other changes in the report. News Briefs: The deadline for participating in the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for wooden pallets has been extended to July 1, 2019. Please act now! more...
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Hardwood Sector Warns About Impact of China Trade War - May 31, 2019 
With one in four boards produced going to China, the U.S. hardwood industry may be one of the big losers in the current trade battle with China.; Pallet Profile Looks to Add Green Pine Cants, and Other Softwood Products: One item that we believe we have a strong enough data set to move forward with soon is green pine cants. Specifically, we are adding three new regions (Eastern South, Central South, and Western South) that will report on an average price.; News Briefs: Rehrig Pacific has announced that its new food-safe and fire-retardant pallet has been tested and certified to pass all requirements for FDA-regulated materials.; Correction: CHEP’s Asset Recovery Program (ARP) pricing is $2.25 for delivered pallets to a CHEP depot and $1.25 for those loaded by a recycler onto a CHEP trailer. more...
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What’s the True Cost of Pallet Logistics? CHEP Issues Letter to Recyclers Changing ARP Rates and Policies - May 31, 2019 
At a time when most costs are rising for labor, warehouse space, trailers, trucks and even fuel in some regions, it is interesting that CHEP is reducing its ARP. CHEP did not state the reason for its move in its letter to recyclers.; While Minimum Wage Debate Goes on in Washington, 21 States Plus D.C. Go Ahead and Raise Their Base Wages: The legislation, if passed, would gradually raise the federal minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $15 through 2024, but many states aren’t waiting around to see what happens. more...
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What’s the True Cost of Pallet Logistics? CHEP Issues Letter to Recyclers Changing ARP Rates and Policies - May 24, 2019 
CHEP’s recent ARP letter further clarifies that its pallets cannot be bought, sold, exchanged, modified or destroyed. CHEP did not state the reason for its move in its letter to recyclers.; USA Reaches Deal with Canada and Mexico to Lift Retaliatory Tariffs: The tariff repeal is good news for Mid-Continent Steel and Wire, the nation’s largest nail manufacturer. Mid-Continent sources its raw wire rod from its parent-company, Deacero, headquartered in Mexico.; March Housing Information: In the majority of categories, housing continues to be substantially less than its historical averages. The single family housing construction sector is where the majority of value-added forest products are utilized.; News Briefs: A five-alarm fire burned a pallet yard at Central Pallets in Stockton, California. Two separate reports confirm a softening in the trucking market. more...
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EPD Deadline Approaches – Your Industry Needs Your Help - May 17, 2019 
The comprehensive Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) survey being conducted by The Pallet Foundation in conjunction with researchers from the U.S. Forest Service this is not just another survey; it is a critical tool to help the wooden pallet sector support key environmental claims with hard data.; China Announces Retaliatory Tariff Increases: One piece of good news is that China’s State Council recently announced a process in which certain U.S. products impacted by retaliatory tariffs, including U.S. hardwoods, can be considered for exclusion from the tariffs by the Chinese government. more...
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U.S. China Trade Dispute Heats Up - May 10, 2019 
The Trump administration has confirmed that existing tariffs will jump from 10% to 25%. China indicated later this week that it will respond with tariff increases of its own. These are expected to impact U.S. hardwood exports, which could further depress demand and cause economic hardships for the U.S. hardwood sector.; Forest Product Association Seeks New Truck Weight Limits: AFPA contends that its proposal is safer than what is currently on interstates while taking into account growing truck traffic and industry needs.; Keep Employees Safe When They Must Work in Hot Conditions: Thousands of workers in the U.S. die or become ill from working in extreme heat or humid conditions each year.; News Briefs: The U.S. Forest Service is proceeding with its plans to sell 225 million board feet of old growth timber in the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. The American Forest & Paper Association (AFPA) issued a press release on Earth Day. more...
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Progress in the Works for China Trade Issue, Fate of USMCA Uncertain - May 3, 2019 
The Hardwood Federation has confirmed that hardwood and wood products continue to be included in the agriculture discussions, although details remain fluid.; U.S. Forests Are Healthy But at Risk to Wildfires, Harvesting Takes Place on Only 2% of Available Land: According a the report, the industry accounts for approximately 4% of the nation’s total manufacturing GDP, producing over $200 billion in products every year.; News Briefs: Pending sales of previously owned U.S. homes jumped by 3.8% in March. More than 80 commercial exhibitors are expected to participate in the Forest Product Equipment and Technology Exposition on June 7 and 8. more...
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Brambles Touts Sustainability Track Record, Recognized as Corporate Leader - Apr 30, 2019 
The good news is that pallet recycling and reuse is a good story to tell. Brambles, the parent company behind CHEP, has taken this initiative to a whole new level. The company was recently named the second most sustainable company in the world by Barrons magazine.; Recycle Bits: A recent six-alarm fire at a pallet and lumber business in Stockton, California is under investigation. The demand for trucking services, softened the first quarter of 2019. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is currently working on a rulemaking that may define biomass as carbon neutral. more...
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Canada to Appeal WTO Softwood Ruling - Apr 26, 2019 
The WTO has ruled more than 20 times that zeroing, a method of calculating and applying artificially high and unfair duty rates, is inconsistent with WTO rules.; Self-Driving Trucks: Fact vs. Fiction: self-driving trucks are here to stay. But what kind of impact will they have on the trucking industry in the near future?; News Briefs: In the first quarter of 2019, softwood grade lumber prices in North America have continued to drop at a much faster rate than log prices. A recent six-alarm fire at a pallet and lumber business in Stockton, California is under investigation. The demand for trucking services, which was historically high in 2018, softened the first quarter of 2019. more...
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