The MLB Certificate of Origin Program is the only log to lumber – lumber to destination program to exist in North America and has been in place at the MLB since 1996. The program has been enhanced on numerous occasions to provide information that expands well beyond the obligations in the previous SLA. For example, the Certificate of Origin was expanded to record the conditioning of scope products destined for the United States so that the degree of Phyto-Sanitary treatments being applied is known. The MLB Certificate of Origin program is considered a model import verification program by US Customs and Border Protection, that effectively prevents circumvention , whether through the Maritimes or otherwise. Verification of Certificate of Origin data is completed by conducting internal MLB weekly audits, quarterly reconciliation with mills and quarterly reconciliation with the Federal Department of Global Affairs. Over thepast several years, MLB audited reconciliation data has balanced to 99.99% with Global Affairs data.
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