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 OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE U.S. FOREST PRODUCTS SECTOR
 Trans-Pacific Partnership

U.S. Forest Products Exporters Currently Face Barriers in New TPP Markets**


$2.3 Billion
in U.S. Forest Products Exports to New TPP Markets in 2015


Forest Products Exports Face Tariffs in New TPP Markets Range up to 40%


Border Delays, Red Tape, and Other Customs Inefficiencies Increase Costs and Impede the Flow of U.S. Exports Throughout the Region


Importance of the U.S. Forest Products Sector

1.2 Million U.S. Forest Products Workers in 2015


Accounted for 5% of Total U.S. Manufacturing Production in 2014


$34.6 Billion
in U.S. Forest Products Exports to the World in 2015


U.S. Forest Products Exports to the World Grew by 22% between 2009-2015


48%
of Total U.S. Forest Products Exports to the World in 2015 Went to the TPP Region

The Forest Products Sector includes products such as rough timber, wood pulp, paperboard, kraft paper, books, and other printed materials

Key Market Access Benefits

Japan will eliminate import taxes on 100% of U.S. forest products exports immediately

Malaysia will eliminate import taxes on 85.0% of U.S. forest products exports immediately and 97.0% within 4 years

New Zealand will eliminate import taxes on 99.0% of U.S. forest products exports immediately

Vietnam will eliminate import taxes on 95.4% of U.S. forest products exports immediately and 100% within 4 years

New TPP Partners are Significant Markets for
U.S. Forest Products Exports

Japan $2.0 Billion
Vietnam $342 Million
Malaysia $164 Million
New Zealand $65 Million
Brunei $781,924

U.S. Forest Products Exports Currently Face
High Barriers in New TPP Markets...

tariff

...Which Will Be Eliminated Under TPP.

98.2% of U.S. Forest Products Exports to New
TPP Markets will Enjoy Duty-Free Access Immediately
(Share of Exports by Tariff Elimination Basket)
Percentages rounded up to nearest whole number.

percent of chemical exports that will be duty free immediately: Japan 100%; Malaysia 86%; Vietnam 98%; New Zealand 100%; Brunei: 97%.
percent of chemical exports that will be duty free in four years or less: Malaysia 90%; Vietnam 100%;
percent of chemical exports that will be duty free in 11 years or less: Malaysia 100%; Brunei: 100%.

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duty-free over a certain amount of time

Opportunities for Selected Forest Products

paper productsPaper Products

The TPP region is a significant market for U.S. paper products, such as kraft paper and paperboard. A number of U.S. paper products currently face very high tariffs in new TPP markets, with tariffs as high as 25% in Vietnam and 20% in Malaysia. Under TPP, tariffs on 97.4% of U.S. paper products exports will be eliminated immediately, with all remaining tariffs eliminated over time.

wood productsWood Products

TPP countries represent a significant market for U.S. wood products. Under TPP, tariffs as high as 40% in Malaysia and 31% in Vietnam will be eliminated. U.S. wood products producers will enjoy market access into new TPP countries. Malaysia and Vietnam will eliminate nearly all tariffs on U.S. wood products immediately.

• For more information on the HS lines included in this sector report, please see this document.

* TPP Countries: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru,
Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam

** New TPP Countries: Countries with which the United States currently does not have preferential
market access - Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Vietnam

For more information on the methods and calculations used, please see this guide.

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