This section describes how the check-off operates:

  • The Order provides the regulatory background on the check-off and describes how it functions in considerable detail. Read more
  • Assessment Procedures provides detailed instructions for companies eligible to participate in the check-off about how to pay their assessments. Read more
  • Exemption Procedures describes the various exemptions offered under the Order and how to apply for them. Read more
  • For those interested in serving on the Softwood Lumber Board, Nominations and Elections describes the annual process and requirements for Board service. Read more
  • Referenda describe the periodic industry approval process for continuation of the check-off. Read more
  • Compliance describes the SLB’s Compliance Policy. Read more
  • The SLB is audited annually.  The auditor’s certification letter may be found here and the report to the Finance Committee may be found here. If you would like a copy of the audit, please contact
  • The SLB’s comprehensive program evaluation report may be found here.


Assessment Procedures & Compliance Policy

The Softwood Lumber Board will mail invoices to U.S. manufacturers and importers of softwood lumber quarterly on or about the 20th day of the third month of each quarter, beginning March 20th, 2012.


Exemption Procedures

The Order provides for exemptions from the assessment.



The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducted a referendum among U.S. softwood lumber manufacturers and importers from May 23 through June 10, 2011.