Facility Grade Certification Program

The NHLA Facility Grade Certification Program is a quality assurance program for NHLA members only, designed to help differentiate your business from the competition and assure customers that your lumber is “On Grade”. Companies that participate in this program are illustrating to customers and potential customers, their willingness to openly submit to independent quality checks and stand behind the quality of their lumber.

As a member of the Facility Grade Certification Program your company has exclusive use of the “Grade Certified” logo and your company is listed as such in the NHLA Membership Directory.

Each member of the program pays an annual enrollment fee, which covers all costs of the certification visits (minimum of two). For more information, please review the NHLA Facility Grade Certification Program Regulations or contact the NHLA Chief Inspector.

Click here to view the list of Grade Certified members.

Sustainability Verification Certificate

NHLA has developed a Sustainability Verification Certificate, for the specific role of assisting you, the NHLA member, answer questions regarding the sustainability of North American hardwoods.

The letter references specific information about the legality of hardwood forests, hardwood tree inventory, and growth rates in the United States and Canada. The letter is customized for each NHLA member company and contains your unique member number and expiration date. A sample of the letter can be viewed here.  

NHLA is very proud to be able to supply you with this promotional tool and encourages you to distribute the letter to your customers or anyone that has questions regarding the sustainability of North American hardwoods. The letter can also be used in conjunction with the publication Why North American Hardwoods, which was produced in 2009 by NHLA in collaboration with the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). 

NHLA will supply interested member companies in good standing with a pdf file and two printed copies of the letter, one for official display and the other for customer reference. If your company is interested in obtaining a personalized letter please email j.ganey@nhla.com.

Kiln Drying (KD) Certification

Has the ever increasing costs of shipping export hardwood lumber got you down? Completely fed up with scheduling a shipment around someone that does not work for you? Would you like to save time and money? Then the APHIS-Approved NHLA Certification of Kiln Drying Sawn Hardwood Lumber Program is for you!

The Program which was initiated by APHIS is controlled through a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations. The Program achieves the same goals as the APHIS Phytosanitary Certificate but at less cost both to APHIS and the U.S. hardwood industry. The system mirrors the successful fifteen year old softwood certification program previously developed by APHIS for the European Union.

The Program involves regular inspections of subscribing hardwood facilities in the U.S. by both independent third party auditors and APHIS inspectors to ensure continuing conformance to the Kiln Drying Sawn Hardwood Standard.

Click here to see a list of countries and requirements: 

To view a list of the current KD Certified Companies click here KD Certified Members 

To view a list of the current Ash for European Union - KD Certified Companies click here!

To view a presentation from NHLA click here!

If you would like to learn more about the program or would like to join the program, please contact NHLA Chief Inspector, Dana Spessert at 901-399-7551 or d.spessert@nhla.com.