Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ALB?

ALB (Atlantic Lumber Board) is a Canadian not-for-profit charged with administering the ALB Certificate of Origin Program.

How does the Certificate of Origin Program work?

The Certificate of Origin program permits duty-free treatment of exports to the United States of softwood lumber products produced in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island from logs harvested in these three provinces. The Certificate of Origin program is administered by a General Manager under the direction of the ALB Board of Directors. The Certificate of Origin is an electronic certification program in which users generate certificates for eligible shipments and these certifications and shipments are subject to tracking and audit. Please see the Certificate of Origin Program webpage for more details.

How secure is the Certificate of Origin system?

The Certificate of Origin system is entirely cloud-based and secure. The IT service provider is Customs Direct, headed by Jim Masloski, who has 3 decades of experience as a customs broker, and helped to design proprietary import/export software used to integrate Canadian export permit applications under the Softwood Lumber Agreement with U.S. customs entry filings. The cloud-based Certificate of Origin system that Customs Direct has configured for ALB is hosted by secure Canada-based servers in Toronto and Montreal, using a license from AlphaSoftware. The software allows for secure storage of information subject to SSL encryption.

Will my information remain confidential?

Information provided by users to obtain a Certificate of Origin shall be subject to strict confidentiality undertakings. Nonetheless, ALB must monitor, audit, and enforce the program and may on occasion, provide access to information contained on Certificates of Origin to any Canadian or United States agency or government representative, and to any outside consultant or law firm engaged to monitor or report on any aspect of the ALB Certificate of Origin program.

What is the relationship between ALB and MLB?

ALB is unrelated to Maritime Lumber Bureau (“MLB”). MLB Certificates of Origin are still being used in connection with Canadian export permit applications for softwood lumber originating from Atlantic Canada. They are still needed in order to obtain authorization to export lumber originating from Atlantic Canada.

ALB Certificates of Origin are distinct and serve an entirely different purpose, i.e., to support duty-free importation into the U.S. market for softwood lumber products first produced in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island solely from logs harvested in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island.