J.D. Irving vs. New Brunswick Forest Products Commission
The New Brunswick Forest Products Commission is an independent commission overseeing the marketing relationships involving forest industries (pulp mills and sawmills); forest products marketing boards (private woodlot owners and producers), and the provincial government.
Recently, New Brunswick Forest Products Commission ruled that J.D. Irving must buy wood through the marketing boards.
J.D. Irving prefers to negotiate privately with individual woodlot owners, picking and choosing which buyers to do business with. The company wants to enter into a signed contractual agreement with the woodlot owners they deal with.
Robert Fawcett, J.D. Irving’s director of forestry relations, said, “What one marketing board manager last week at a meeting said what he wanted to do was supply us with a list of names once a week on who might want to sell us wood, and we just can’t run our business on a week of hope, we need certainty of supply.”
As a protest to the ruling, J.D. Irving has suspended deliveries of pulpwood from private woodlot owners that they do not have a signed contract with.
According to one marketing board representative, that totals about 16 truckloads per week.
Ken Hardie, manager of the New Brunswick Federation of Woodlot Owners, says J.D. Irving is trying to bypass the system.
“The whole basis of the boards is that all woodlot owners are treated fairly, and the main current situation with JD Irving is they would like to pick and choose who sells wood, whereas the boards represent all producers.”
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