The United States is being flooded with massive quantities of Brazilian plywood that do not meet U.S. Voluntary Product Standard PS-1 for structural plywood as claimed. The imported product fails to meet stiffness standards and span rating requirements. Importers have not only falsely claimed compliance—some will even be so bold as to stamp “Made in America” on the boards, meaning South America but leaving out that one vital descriptor to deceive purchasers.
“Our mills follow precise recipes in manufacturing plywood to meet the PS-1 standard that are backed up by extensive regionwide testing of the southern yellow pine species we use to make plywood in the South. Brazil has planted these same species that are native to the southern U.S. in a region where pine grows extraordinarily fast and produces veneer that is significantly less dense and therefore less strong than what we use in the U.S.”
– Gray Skipper, VP, Scotch Plywood Company