The Canadian forest industry has pledged to give priority to the production and delivery of lumber so that Japan has the materials it needs to rebuild in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country March 11.
In a letter addressed to its Japanese customers, the industry has pledged to help in the short and long term to rebuild the country and provide housing for those affected by the disaster.
“The Canadian forest industry has a long standing close relationship with Japan. As true friends, we pledge to do all we can to help the Japanese people deal with the difficult challenges they face in securing the safety and wellbeing of their people,” said the letter, signed by 16 industry leaders, including Island-based Western Forest products.
“We understand the Japanese government is quickly mobilizing to build temporary housing for tens of thousands of people. We are committed to working with our Japanese customers to supply the building materials required to meet their immediate need to provide temporary housing for their citizens.
“The need is urgent and the signatory companies are prioritizing their supply, production and efforts to assist in meeting this need. We are also working collaboratively with the transportation and shipping industry to get emergency housing materials to Japan as quickly as possible.”