Sunday, October 21, 2007

'Made in the U.S.A.' wood showing up in Canada

read article: Vancouver Sun
Canadian building products wholesaler Taiga Forest Products normally exports to the U.S., but is currently shipping nothing because of the imploding U.S. housing market, said lumber sales manager Bob Leffler.

The much smaller Metro Vancouver market, which is still robust, is suddenly appearing more attractive to U.S. sawmillers.

"We are able to bring in product from Washington state cheaper than we can from other [domestic] areas," Leffler said. "The whole thing has turned around. It's really ugly," he said, referring to the North American lumber market.

Both lumber and plywood products are showing up in Canada with a "Made in the U.S.A." label.

U.S. plywood doesn't meet Canadian standards, so it is not competing head-to-head with Canadian product. But in turning to the smaller Canadian market, U.S. producers are probably "looking for that last rock to turn over to get through these very tough times," said Jim Baskerville, regional plywood manager at Interior forest company Tolko Industries Ltd.

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