JUL-AUG 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • JULY/AUGUST 2018 20 SAWMILL FOCUS Empty /ĚĞĂů &Ƶůů 1 2 3 4 5 2017 2017 None Surplus 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Poorest Balanced Best 1 2 3 4 5 The gauges below represent "snapshot in time" opinions of in-the-field wood tie buyers who procure untreated crossties from sawmills in their regions. RTA does not warrant nor accept responsibility for the accuracy of the data generated. See more on Hardwood Procurement Trends Eastern Half U.S. – June 2018 Crosstie Competitiveness vs. Other Hardwood Products Current .... Previous Issue Current Demand For Lumber (#2 and #3) Current Demand For Export Quantity Of Logs On Hand At Mill Yards Current Demand For Pallet Lumber Current Demand For Paper (Chips) Current Demand For Board/Mat Timbers Log Availability Ideal AF&PA Members Highlight Sustainability Efforts WASHINGTON—The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has released its 2018 AF&PA Sustainability Report, which highlights members' sustainability progress. AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman said, "Our members make essential products for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources. In addition, they are committed to continuous sustainability improvement through our unique Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability goals initiative. The highlights presented include achieving the Better Practices goals on worker safety and energy efficiency ahead of schedule." The report highlights members' sustainability goals as well as economic, environmental and social efforts and pro- gress. The report contains references to where member activities align with the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals regarding quality education, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action and life on land. For more information or to download a copy of the report, log onto WASHINGTON—According to Woodworking Network, tariffs of 25 per- cent were levied on Chinese manufactured woodworking machinery and panel pro- cessing equipment beginning July 6 as part of a trade battle being waged by the Trump Administration. The U.S. began collecting the tariffs on planing, milling or molding machines for working wood; grinding, sanding or polishing machines; bending or assembly machines; and related machine tools for woodworking. Also included were presses for making particleboard or fiber building board of wood or other ligneous materials and machinery for treating wood. The list of products on which tariffs were levied appears to focus on products from industrial sectors that contribute to or benefit from the "Made in China 2025" industrial policy, which includes industries such as aerospace, information and communications technology, robotics, industrial machinery, new materials and automobiles. China's fiberboard and plywood exports to the United States have dropped in the first three months of 2018. U.S. Levies 25% Tariffs On Chinese Woodworking Machinery up this year on federal forest lands, more work could be done, and we believe the provisions in the House bill will give the Forest Service some additional tools to deliver on that objective. We anticipate that Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) will be appointed as a Senate conferee and expect that he will be pushing hard to incorporate federal forest management language in any final House-Senate conference agreement. We will be making frequent visits with staff for all of the conferees once they are appointed to make this case. Likewise, we will be advocating that the House position prevail regarding the Community Wood Energy Program. We believe that this program— authorized and funded at the level in H.R. 2—has potential to help our industry address the sawmill residuals issue by creating demand for this clean, carbon neutral biomass material. The bottom line is we have some interesting weeks (and months) ahead but feel good about our progress with Farm Bill advocacy thus far and look forward to reporting on a positive outcome later this fall. Dana Cole is executive director of the Hardwood Federation. The Federation serves as the united voice of the hardwood industry.

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