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Updated: August 8, 2017
The component issues of the potential economic issue are many.
The data forming the context of this issue vary widely from region to region, but these are baseline data from which the problem can be primarily formulated.
Based on this early data collection, we have strong evidence that a proposal to require bark-free pallets for international trade will have far-ranging and deep economic impact around the world. The wide range of issues, and the depth through the world's logistical supply chain at which economic impact might be incurred, appear to hide significant potential for large economic, environmental, and socioeconomic loss. This TechNote is the first in a series that will explore these economic ramifications in more detail. As this information is developed, an economic model will be developed to determine how large the total economic impact of mandated "bark-free" wooden pallets could be.