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Congress Approaches Monumental Tax Reforms - Dec 8, 2017 
Many of the changes are likely to be favored by small to medium-sized businesses. Others may cause concern if they negatively impact the housing sector or important tax deductions. As with all Congressional action, there will be winners and losers. And you need to make your voice heard.; Independent Truckers Lobby for ELD Delay: The rule that is set to take place on December 18, 2017, just a week before Christmas. It is not clear how much the Trump administration can do to stop the law since it is mandated by Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year rejected an appeal to stop the law. more...
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OSHA Announces Short Delay of Electronic Filing Deadline - Nov 30, 2017 
The submission deadline was moved from December 1 to December 15, 2017. The delay was designed to allow employers more time to become familiar with the electronic submission process for injury and illness data.; Canada to Take Softwood Lumber Duty Case to WTO: Legal challenges could take years to finalize. The Canadian government has won more than it has lost when it comes to international trade cases involving previous softwood lumber disputes.; U.S. Housing on the Rise, Existing Supply Tightening: The home construction and remodeling sectors are very important for the overall growth of the North American forest products industry. A rising share of new home sales is coming from homes that have not yet begun construction. Holiday Schedule: Pallet Profile will not be published December 29, 2017. The offices of Industrial Reporting, which publishes the Profile, will be closed from December 25, 2017 through January 1, 2018 for the Christmas holiday. more...
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Brambles Growth Rebounds, Management May Face Legal Challenges - Nov 28, 2017 
The parent company of CHEP and and IFCO Systems, Brambles Ltd., recently announced a 4% sales increase in the United States for the first quarter update of its fiscal year 2018.; iGPS Logistics Offers New Sanitary Pallet Service: The plastic pallet pooler now offers a pallet so clean you can almost eat off it, utilizing a food contact surface sanitizer. Western Pallet Association Meeting Offers Rest & Business Rejuvenation: Scheduled for January 13-15th 2018 in sunny Rancho Mirage, California, the WPA event has developed a reputation for its festive golf tournaments, and also has a full slate of informative speakers. more...
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Tax Package Presents Mixed Bag to U.S. Businesses - Nov 22, 2017 
President Trump is lobbying to get a tax reform bill through both houses of Congress so that he can sign reform legislation by Christmas. What shakes out of these deliberations could have a major impact on your business and your land holdings in terms of tax implications.; Find Creative Use of Pallets, Support Medical Charity: Berry Pallets has launched a contest to collect pictures of pallet art, pallet furniture and other forms of upcycled pallets. The company is posting these images on its website at http://berryindustrial.com/pallets-for-palates/; NEWS IN BRIEF: U.S. forest products company Potlatch announced it will buy Deltic Timber. NWPCA Plans Reception at EXPO Richmond 2018. A new whiskey barrel factory is scheduled to begin construction in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia in early 2018. PalletOne, America’s largest new pallet manufacturer, recently announced the purchase of North East Texas Pallet, a pallet manufacturer located in Clarksville, Texas. more...
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Canada Files NAFTA Appeal in Softwood Lumber Dispute - Nov 17, 2017 
Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) establishes a panel of five arbiters, agreed upon by both countries, who will decide if the duties meet U.S. law.; U.S. Officials Assess Plywood Antidumping Duties on Chinese Imports: U.S. officials raised the antidumping duties (AD) to 183.36%, and those duties now apply to all Chinese companies without exception.; House Passes Forest Health Reforms Again, Now Waits for Senate: The bill promotes active forest management on national lands and reforms designed to address the wildfire and forest health crisis facing the country’s public lands. It is largely opposed by preservationist and environmental groups. more...
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Canada Strikes Back in Lumber Battle - Nov 10, 2017 
After the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) recently announced its final determinations on softwood lumber duties, Canadian officials have responded suggesting the industry is in for a long legal battle if a new Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) cannot be reached by the two governments.; WPA Meeting Offers Rest & Business Rejuvenation: Scheduled for January 13-15th 2018 in sunny Rancho Mirage, California, the event has developed a reputation for its festive golf tournaments.The Western Pallet Association (WPA) annual meeting also has a full slate of informative speakers. more...
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U.S. Officials Finalize CVD and AD for Canadian Softwood - Nov 3, 2017 
Enforcement of U.S. trade law is a prime focus of the Trump administration. Upon publication of the final affirmative AD determination, the DOC will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits equal to the applicable final weighted-average dumping rates.; FedEx Exec Tapped for OSHA Head: Scott Mugno is vice president of safety, sustainability and vehicle maintenance for FedEx Ground near Pittsburgh. He leads four departments of about 200 professionals. more...
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U.S. Customs Enhances ISPM-15 Enforcement - Oct 26, 2017 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently announced that it would begin imposing fines on non-compliant shipments even possibly for first-time offenders.; VA Tech Pallet Survey Needs Your Help: This survey will add to the previous bodies of research to help the industry identify historical trends. It is one of the largest surveys of its kind.; Recycled Bits: USG named the Pallet Alliance its Diversity and Inclusion Supplier of the Year for 2017. The RM2 BLOCKpal employs cellular networks along routes to send and receive data. Tosca Services in Atlanta, which makes reusable packaging for the food industry, has been acquired by London-based private equity firm Apax Partners. more...
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Trucking Faces Critical Issues Ahead – Are You Ready? - Oct 26, 2017 
The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) conducts an annual survey of the trucking industry to analyze key trends and explore possible solutions. This year, the ATRI’s report indicates that the driver shortage has taken the top spot.; Tennessee Pallet Fire Highlights Burning Wood Waste Danger: The local newspaper reported that the blaze likely started in a pit used to burn pallets that cannot be repaired.; Auction: FORMERLY THUNDER PALLET INC. • SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4TH, 2017 10 AM CST • 625 N MENOMONEE STREET, THERESA, WI 53091 • COMPLETE PALLET MFG OPERATION with REAL ESTATE more...
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Brambles Sales Growth Meets Expectations - Oct 20, 2017 
Sales revenue in its U.S. pallet business increased by 4%, primarily driven by strong net new business growth associated with new customer contract wins.; Two CLT Plants to Be Built in USA: The new cross-laminated timber plants were announced in Alabama and Washington.; Western Pallet Association Meeting Offers Rest & Business Rejuvenation: Scheduled for January 13-15th 2018 in sunny Rancho Mirage, California, the WPA event has developed a reputation for its festive golf tournaments.; OSHA Resumes Enforcement in Texas and Louisiana: The agency temporarily had ceased enforcement efforts after Hurricane Harvey hit the two states.; Auction: Formerly Rettig Pallets, Sat. Oct. 28th, 2017 • 10am EST, G580 County Rd 14, Holgate, Oh 43527, Complete Pallet Mfg Operation & Real Estate more...
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