The Softwood Export Council (SEC) uses funding from a combination of industry sources along with matching funds from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agriculture Service (FAS) to expand export markets for primary and secondary softwood lumber products manufactured in the U.S.

SEC cooperates with the Southern Pine Council  (SPC) and APA—The Engineered Wood Association (APA) to maintain a multi-national presence, known as American Softwoods, in overseas markets. Under the American Softwoods brand, SEC maintains in-country offices in key export markets and conducts promotional activities in support of its lumber export market expansion mission.


SEC is conducting a survey of experts outside the US. We are interested in your opinions of our international programs, as well as the forest products market in general.

If you live outside the US and would like to participate, please take our survey.