MISSION: OHC’s mission is to provide naturally durable and sustainable building products to the building products industry indefinitely. To accomplish this, we personally visit our supply bases in Southeast Asia, South America, and Africa yearly, developing trusted relationships with our suppliers. We perform risk assessments at the species level, review and rate suppliers, and conduct product risk ratings. The goal is to ensure the sustainability of the harvest method and to ensure that our sourcing complies with CITES, the Lacey Act, and the laws of the foreign country. Our lumber is hand-selected for the highest quality and sourced only from mills that harvest legally from responsibly managed forests. In addition to personal visits by the ownership of OHC, OHC utilizes local third- party inspection agencies to verify grade, legal source, and sustainability of supply. OHC maintains Chain of Custody verification documents indefinitely for each parcel from the forest to our facilities.
IMPORT PERMIT: OHC maintains our import permit from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS): 450 CFR 17.12 or 23.23. Permit # P355-19-00258. This permit accompanies all OHC shipments. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspects all shipments at our locations prior to release.
LACEY ACT: OHC maintains Lacey Act compliance for all items that are controlled by APHIS. We file Plant and Plant Product Declaration Form Section 3: Lacey Act Amendment 16 (U.S.C.3372(f)) for all imported items. This confirms our due diligence for Chain of Custody. This document verification can be provided as needed for each shipment.
CITES: OHC maintains our CITES (Convention on the the International Trade of Endangered Species).
certificate for all species that are regulated under this convention such as: Spanish Cedar (Cedrella odorata), Genuine Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Bubinga (Guibourtia spp) & Afrormosia (Pericopsis elata).
This document verification can be provided as needed for each shipment.
LUMBER INSPECTION: OHC grades the material with 3rd party inspectors prior to shipment into the USA. Only after inspection is verified can the lumber be released for export to the USA. Upon receipt, CBP
inspects the lumber and then an OHC employee inspects the lumber to verify grade, quantity, and appearance. Some species are sorted for grain and color. Ipe Decking is sanded and graded again for quality.