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EBPA Annual Meeting & Luncheon Addresses Trade Policies Affecting  U.S. Building Materials - Tuesday, May 29, 2018, Des Moines, WA

EBPA's annual meeting luncheon will feature Gary Stanley, Director of the Office of Materials Industries with the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) as the featured speaker. 

Mr. Stanley, who serves as the materials industries trade policy specialist for ITA, will update the audience about the status of U.S. government negotiations on a number of trade policies that affect U.S. building materials suppliers.  These include the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement, “Section 232” steel and aluminum tariffs, NAFTA, and bilateral agreements with Japan, the U.K., and other key trade partners.

Ample time is included for networking with representatives from the logistics and shipping, wholesalers, exporters, and manufacturers.  

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-ebpa-annual-meeting-luncheon-tickets-45000877837 

EBPA's Japan Trade Mission & US Housing & Building Materials Seminar Series Features Nine US Building Materials Suppliers

Nine U.S. building materials exporters will participate as presenters and exhibitors in EBPA’s May 14-18, 2018 Japan Trade Mission to Tokyo, Shizuoka, Kyoto and Fukuoka. The group will deliver presentations about US building materials, their applications, and how they can be used to improve the design and function of Japanese residential and light commercial projects. Products represented include paints and coatings, insulation, windows and doors, siding, flooring, moulding and millwork, and softwood lumber. In addition Mr. Narigasawa, president of Nobu Archi Design, a noted Japanese architect of western style projects in Japan will serve as the keynote speaker. Attached is the Japanese mailer that we are distributing to promote the seminars. Audiences of Japanese builders, remodelers, wholesalers, and architects ranging from 40 attendees in smaller cities to 80+ attendees in Tokyo are expected. More information about the event is available on the EBPA Programs page.

EBPA's Leads US Tour for Seven Chinese Softwood Lumber Buyers 

During the week of March 6-14, 2018, EBPA led a group of seven Chinese lumber buyers on a tour to Savannah, GA and Portland, OR. 

During the week, the group visited mills, wholesalers, and preservative treaters and toured construction sites to learn about quality control, products, and applications.  The group also participated in receptions in Portland and Savannah where they met with EBPA members and other suppliers.  These missions have been an annual EBPA event since 2015 and they have resulted in over $4 million in reported sales.   

EBPA-Member, Pac-Rim Building Products Expands Seattle-Tacoma Area Transload Services

Pac-Rim Building Products, an EBPA member since 19XX, has steadily expanded its transload business for lumber and pulses suppliers.  What started out as a side business of a few hundred containers in 1996 has now grown to a business that handles over 3,500 containers annually. 

Centrally located between Tacoma (21 miles) and Seattle (13 miles), the company is situated to be able to quickly deliver to either port. Pac-Rim's three and a half acre fenced outside storage and secure indoor warehouse, and experienced staff are well equipped to handle a large volume of transload business. 

For more information about Pac-Rim, visit their company page here.