AF&PA Urges New York Governor Hochul to Veto Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act

The American Forest & Paper Association
December 15, 2023
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association’s (AF&PA) Heidi Brock said New York’s Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act ignores the fact that the U.S. paper and wood products industry champions sustainable forestry. “The legislation is unnecessary because tropical deforestation is already banned in New York and supply chains are already required to be transparent under existing international and industry standards. “The proposal would create trickle-down effects for our industry’s circular supply chain. It also raises serious questions on the trade restrictive approach to forest management.  The bill requires certification of products that do not originate from land where tropical deforestation occurred. North American producers can certify sourcing wood from responsibly managed forests. This added layer of administrative burden puts our industry at a competitive disadvantage. “We urge Governor Kathy Hochul to veto the Act. It will deliver a major blow to the forest products industry.”

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