|A GUIDE TO EXPORTING
SOLID WOOD PRODUCTS
This guide is intended to help U.S. wood products producers examine and prepare for export markets by providing them with a brief overview of the necessary steps in developing a successful export marketing strategy. It details how to obtain accurate, up-to-date export market information so that the production, scheduling, and shipping of U.S. wood products can be done profitably. It also refers and links to numerous other information sources of interest to export-minded wood organizations.
KEYWORDS: Wood products, export markets, exporting, market information, export financing, shippers export declaration, shipping documentation, business organization, market development cooperators, trade servicing.
This version of the guide was revised by Justina Torry, Lincoln Flake, and Rachel Hodgetts. The first edition of the guide was published in 1986 by William G. Westman, who acknowledged work done by David R. Schumann and Ralph T. Monahan, USDA Forest Service, in The Lumbermans Guide to Exporting. The first revision of the guide was done in 1990 by Cynthia Evans, who acknowledged work done by USDAs Agricultural Marketing Service in its publication Export Handbook for U.S. Agricultural Products. The second revision was made in 1996 by Karen Dawkins and Curt Alt, and Karen Dawkins was responsible for placing the second revision of the guide on the FAS web site in 1998.
Many of the terms and definitions used in this book were taken from Terms of the Trade, a reference book published by Random Lengths. Thanks also go to the state and federal agencies, cooperators, and others mentioned in the guide who provided information and assistance.
The material in this publication was prepared solely for the purpose of assisting U.S. firms interested in exporting U.S. solid wood products. References to private publications and firms do not imply endorsement by the Foreign Agricultural Service or the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Copies of this directory can be
purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS),
Telephone: (703) 605-6060.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, marital status, or familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Office of Communications at (202) 720-5881 (voice) or (202) 720-7808 (TDD).
If your telephone/FAX number,
address, or title has changed since this edition of the
"Export Guide" was prepared, please let us know by
sending corrections to:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Foreign Agricultural Service
Forest & Fishery Products Division
Export Guide Changes
Attn: Linda L-W. Dallos - Room 4637-S
Washington, DC 20250-1000