The Softwood Export Council is a trade organization that works to increase exports of American-made softwood products. We represent U.S. softwood grading agencies, industry trade associations, state export promotionl agencies, and others with a stake in the global trade of softwood lumber and wood-based building materials. With assistance from the Foreign Agricultural Service, we identify international opportunities, educate buyers, and develop collaborative relationships with international industry representatives and buyers.
The Softwood Export Council and its members are also actively involved in maintaining market access for U.S. wood products which includes participating in a range of codes and standards activities and working with international governments to address codes that may limit the use of wood.
Membership dues cover SEC's operating expenses, but SEC's activities are supported by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). We receive funds through the following FAS programs
With a strategic plan and measurable goals, SEC supports trade by creating and developing international markets for U.S. softwood products and maintaining relationships with foreign industry representatives. We also conduct research on emerging markets and stay up to date on the shifting economic marketplace on behalf of U.S. industry.
SEC is a 501(c)6 membership organization operated as a non-profit entity. All SEC's member organizations are allocated one vote. Our board of directors meets twice a year and includes representatives from each of member organization. For more information, read our Bylaws.
Softwood Export Council
10350 N Vancouver Way #163
Portland, OR 97217 USA
Tel: 1 (503) 620 - 5946
Accounting & Compliance Manager