Alexandria, Va. -- The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) is partnering with the North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) and the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) to host IWPA’s Wood Trade Compliance Week Feb. 24-27, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. The week-long event will provide wood industry executives and compliance professionals with a comprehensive analysis of the requirements of the Lacey Act and other laws relevant to trade in wood products.

“IWPA developed the due diligence training and resources for wood trade professionals to empower the wood products industry and provide them with the tools they need to successfully fulfill their role in sourcing decisions,” said Cindy Squires, IWPA executive director. “There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to sourcing and compliance. These due diligence tools reflect the legal requirements and the industry’s need for flexibility to adjust their corporate standards and procedures based on the particular specifications of their product, the country of origin and the complexity of their supply chain.”

“We are pleased to partner with IWPA to host these important courses,” said Kevin Gammonley, executive vice president of NBMDA and NAFCD. “The compliance landscape for building materials and floor covering distributors is increasingly complex, and IWPA’s wood trade compliance training courses arm distribution professionals in our channel with the knowledge and resources they need stay ahead of regulations and avoid costly compliance issues.”

IWPA’s due diligence training courses were developed in partnership with the World Resources Institute utilizing U.S. Agency for International Development and U.K. Department for International Development funding. The training courses will take place Feb. 24-27 at One Century Place Conference Center in Nashville, Tenn. The cost to attend is $225 for full day courses and $115 for half day courses for IWPA members and $729 for full day courses and $419 for half day courses for nonmembers. NBMDA and NAFCD members will receive a 20% discount. Registration for the courses is now open.

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