International Services

train stationAPA International Marketing Division

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The APA International Division has wide-ranging export promotion and market access programs that are supported by industry contributions and leveraged funding from the US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and the Province of Alberta. The US program is led by Charles Barnes, who is based in the APA Taiwan Office. The Latin America program is led by APA Representative Natalie Thelen, who is based in Panama. APA shares overseas representatives with the Softwood Export Council and/or the Southern Forest Products Association in China, Japan, Korea, Mexico and the United Kingdom. The Canadian Program is led by Manager Scott Anderson of the APA Canadian OSB Program within the Canada Wood Office in Tokyo.

At right, this train station at a mountain resort in Taiwan uses APA member glulam.

Construction Workshop, Lima, Peru



Time-lapse construction of a wood-frame home in Lima, Peru, during the week of April 23, 2018. Materials include wood structural panels, I-joists, and southern yellow pine lumber. Sponsored by APA - The Engineered Wood Association, Southern Pine Council, and Simpson Strong-Tie.

International Staff Contacts

Charles Barnes, Director, International Marketing
APA Taiwan Office
Taipei, Taiwan

APA Canadian OSB Japan Office
Scott Anderson, Program Manager
Tokyo, JAPAN

Natalie Thelen
APA Latin American Representative
Panama City, Panama

Ahn Kyoung Ho
APA Korea Market Access Representative
Seoul, Korea

APAwood–Europe provides technical information for using North American engineered wood products in Europe.

The following are shared offices with the Softwood Export Council and Southern Forest Products Association. 

American Softwoods - Japan
Tomoko Igarashi, Director
Tokyo, JAPAN
Website: American Softwoods | Japan

American Softwoods—Mèxico
Fernanda Vale Garcia, Director
Mèxico City, Mèxico
Website: American Softwoods | Mexico

American Softwoods—China and Southeast Asia
Xu Fang
Shanghai, China

American Softwoods—United Kingdom/Europe
Sarah Johnson
London, United Kingdom

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