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

WASHINGTON – The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Heidi Brock released the following statement in response to New York’s Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act (S.4859-A/A.5682-A):

"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 New York’s Tropical Deforestation-Free Procurement Act. It will deliver a major blow to the forest products industry which employs more than 26,000 New Yorkers.” 

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance U.S. paper and wood products manufacturers through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. The forest products industry is circular by nature. AF&PA member companies make essential products from renewable and recyclable resources, generate renewable bioenergy and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative —Better Practices, Better Planet 2030: Sustainable Products for a Sustainable Future. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 5% of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures about $350 billion in products annually and employs about 925,000 people. The industry meets a payroll of about $65 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 43 states. Visit AF&PA online at or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper