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Trade Associations: American Forest & Paper Association


Primary Contact

Robert Glowinski
Executive Director, Wood Products Sector
1111 19th Street N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202.463.2768
Fax: 202.463.2791

Organizational Overview

AF&PA is the national trade association of the forest, wood products, and paper industries. AF&PA represents companies and related associations that engage in or represent the manufacture of pulp, paper, paperboard and wood products used throughout the world. The Wood Products Sector of AF & PA oversees all industry issues related to the manufacturing, distribution, use, and reuse of traditional and engineered wood products.

Scope of Membership Activity

AF&PA represents member industries on public policy matters, including advocacy before federal, state and local legislatures, regulatory and administrative agencies, other governmental and quasi-governmental organizations, and in relevant international fora.

Scope of Services

AF&PA offers the following services:

  • ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization for national consensus wood design standards
  • Technology transfer to users of wood products
  • Accredited provider of continuing education on use and design of wood and wood buildings
  • Numerous web-based tools for wood building design
  • Overseas market development and promotion

Specific industry Information

The forest products industry accounts for approximately 6 percent of total U.S. manufacturing output, employs more than a million people, and ranks among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 42 U.S. states with an estimated payroll exceeding $50 billion.

The United States is one of the world’s most diverse exporters of sustainable forest products, as well as the largest importer. In 2007, U.S. exports of forest products grew to $28.1 billion, composed of $6.8 billion in wood and $21.3 billion in pulp and paper products. Exports accounted for approximately 10% of total sales.

U.S. imports of forest products have consistently grown at a faster rate than exports. In 2007, total U.S. forest product imports were estimated at $40.5 billion. The major demand centers for forest products continue to be North America, Western Europe, and Japan. The U.S. alone accounts for approximately one quarter of the world’s forest products production and nearly 30% of forest products consumption.

Standards-related Information

The main standards produced by AF&PA include:

  • AF&PA National Design Specification® for Wood Construction
  • AF&PA Wood Frame Construction Manual
  • AF&PA Special Design Procedures for Wind and Seismic
  • AF&PA Permanent Wood Foundation

Conformity Assessment-Related Information

The main conformity assessment procedures used by AF&PA members include:

  • American Lumber Standards Committee
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Product Standards 1, 2 & 20
  • ICC Evaluation Services requirements
  • ASTM standards

Technical Regulations-related Information

The main relevant regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over AF&PA member industry sectors include:

  • International Code Council
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • U.S. Department of Defense – Defense Construction agencies

International Activities by Region


Anne Divjak
1111 19th Street N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C 20036
Phone: 202.463.2721

Asia Pacific

Ed Matsuyama
Director, Japan Office
No. 9 Kowa Building Annex 1F,
1-6-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan
Phone: +81 3 3568 7450

Region-Specific Webpage:


Xu Fang
Director, China Office
Rm. 4706, Tower 1, Grand Gateway, Hongqiao Road,
Shanghai 200030, China
Phone: +86 21 6448 4401


Anne Divjak
1111 19th Street N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C 20036
Phone: 202.463.2721

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