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Approximately every third red-oak board that is sawed has, until recently, been sold to China.
Mark Louchheim is correct that a large portion of U.S. exports consists of commodities for multiple markets (“Trump is Right About China Trade,” op-ed, Oct. 3). However, the U.S. hardwood industry depends on exporting our most common species of hardwood lumber: red oak. Approximately every third red-oak board that is sawed has, until recently, been sold to China, primarily for use in its household-furnishings markets. China is the only significant user of red oak outside of the U.S. The Chinese tariff is now 10%, and unless a deal is reached the rate will rise to 20% next year. Our industry risks losing our only significant...