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US duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports to stay in place
05 December, 2023
The US International Trade Commission (USITC) has decided that antidumping and countervailing duty orders on certain softwood lumber products from Canada will stay in place.
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Major auction of insolvent kitchen manufacturer to take place
Thursday, June 22, 2023 A major auction of equipment from insolvent kitchen manufacturer Pembar Trading Ltd (trading as Hatt Kitchens) will take place in early July.
Interpol operation results in seizure of over 94,000m3 of illegal timber
Tuesday, January 03, 2023 A joint Interpol - World Customs Organization (WCO) law enforcement operation has seen arrests and the disruption of timber crime networks globally.
Timber company fined £80,000 after work fall
Monday, September 12, 2022 A Devon-based timber company has been fined £80,000 after an employee fell through a stairwell while working on a barn conversion.
Importers and buyers of birch ply warned about circumventing ban on Russian wood
Monday, August 08, 2022 Timber Development UK (TDUK) has warned importers and buyers of birch plywood to ensure they don’t fall foul of sanctions on Russian wood, after it emerged that product containing Russian birch is being traded illegally through alternative trade channels.
Structural timber allowed for buildings between 11m and 18m in height
Monday, June 20, 2022 Structural timber use in exterior walls of 11m to 18m will be permitted after all, a UK Government committee has ruled.
UK Government applies 35% additional import tariffs on Russian wood products
Monday, March 28, 2022 The UK government has added a 35% additional import tariff on Russian and Belarusian wood products.
North Carolina AG sues timber harvesting company for deceptive practices
Friday, March 18, 2022 North Carolina’s attorney general has sued a harvesting and timber services company for deceptive advertisement and consumer practices in the state’s central region.
Softwood update: Russian and Belarussian wood in the spotlight
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 As the invasion of the Ukraine by Russia unfolds and the subsequent humanitarian crisis there grips the world’s attention, trade actions and government sanctions are being imposed by the UK, the EU and countries across the globe, writes TTJ’s Softwood Specialist.
TDUK advises against Russia and Belarus trading
Wednesday, March 09, 2022 Timber Development UK (TDUK) is advising members to cease trading with Russia and Belarus if they have not done so already.
New white paper examines insurer perspective on mass timber buildings
Tuesday, February 01, 2022 A new white paper on mass timber construction with input from 24 major UK insurers is recommending that hybrid structures combining traditional and modern method of construction may represent the best route forward to satisfying multiple considerations including insurance risks and carbon reduction.
TTF issues warning of a scammer impersonating a construction company
Thursday, January 20, 2022 The Timber Trade Federation (TTF) is warning of a scammer ordering significant amounts of timber by impersonating a construction company.
Investigation ongoing into Scot Carrier collision
Saturday, January 15, 2022 A man was remanded in custody following the collision before Christmas between the UK-registered Scot Carrier and the Denmark-registered Karin Hoej.
Forestry Commission act on new tree disease found in Cornwall
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 Woodland managers, landowners, the forest industry and tree nurseries are being urged to remain vigilant after the Forestry Commission (FC) and Forest Research (FR) identified the tree pathogen Phytophthora pluvialis in a woodland in Cornwall.
CPA vaccine mandate survey shows panel industry concerns
Monday, October 18, 2021 US wood panel manufacturers have expressed concern about potential production disruption coming from President Joe Biden’s proclamation stipulating mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for all US companies with more than for 100 employees.
US and Vietnam reach agreement on addressing illegal wood
Tuesday, October 05, 2021 The US has decided against taking trade action against Vietnam after investigating illegal harvesting and trade of illegal timber in the country.
Webinar to be held on timber regulation
Monday, May 17, 2021 The Timber Trade Federation (TTF), CEI Bois, and the Office for Product Safety & Standards have come together to offer the opportunity for EU companies to learn, exchange and ask questions around the UK Timber Regulation (UKTR) and Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (FLEGT).
TTF survey finds timber industry resilience, but also Brexit trade friction
Monday, March 01, 2021 Difficulties with logistics and trading with Northern Ireland under new Brexit protocols are having impacts on an already tight timber supply chain, a new UK timber Trade Federation (TTF) survey has found.
Latest Covid-19 lockdown to last until mid-February
Tuesday, January 05, 2021 The UK’s latest national lockdown, announced yesterday, looks likely to stay in place until mid-February at least, the Government says.
Fire door manufacturer develops industry-first solution to ‘transform’ fire safety sector
Monday, September 14, 2020 A UK fire door manufacturer, supported by Made Smarter, has developed an industry-first solution to make safety inspections faster and more accurate, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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