BannerElk Trading Company Corporate Headquarters
The BannerElk Trading Company is dedicated in ensuring that our mills adhere to the strict guidelines
for responsible forestry management set forth by the Brazilian Government and IBAMA. Because we
contract from a few select mills, instead of purchasing in the open market, we're able to maintain tighter
control on where logs are being sourced and the activity surrounding sustainable forestry practices.
Ipe decking and other tropical wood species originating from Brasil are harvested under strict guidelines
from IBAMA. IBAMA is the Federal governing body over agriculture and forestry in the country of Brasil.
One of their responsibilities is to enforce the management and environmental impact of logging. Timber
companies must submit project plans and approved projects will receive permits to log certain species
only in specific regions. These projects include information on what specie, tree size, and total volume in
targeted logging areas for harvest. Once a permit is issued, the timber company is authorized to take only
what is approved by IBAMA relative to the permit. In this scenario, a paper trail is created from forest to
finished product to export per timber company.
The area above represents roughly 15 hectares of Ipe taken in a management project where the stand of forest in the background remains.
Unlike other importers, we do not source Ipe from the open market. Because we contract from certain mills,
quality remains consistent. Elements such as color, size, and machining are always the same from order-to-order.
Our North Brasil office ensures the highest quality of lumber grading from only a handful of select mills. In addition,
we require our mills to separate by grade at the factory level; a practice unheard of in this industry. Most other
importers mix the entire production into one grade called FAS (first and seconds) and FEQ (first European quality)
which are inferior to BannerElk's #1 Premium Grade.
Ipe will vary in color and density relative to region. Logs originating from Mato Grosso and Rondonia states of Brasil
tend to be lighter in color with a wider range of color variation. Density is typically lighter as well. The BannerElk
Trading Company contracts with mills located in Para state of Brasil. This region produces the deep rich and dark
colored, high density Ipe that is sought after in the market.
Log inspection team evaluating log stocks
prior to decking production.
|THE BANNERELK TRADING DIFFERENCE|
The BannerElk Trading Company is a major importer of Ipe decking, furniture & hardwood flooring. We also
manufacture Designer Rail Aluminum Balusters, TrimTite screws, and DeckTite screws and distribute a broad
range of other specialty products. Corporate offices and warehousing is located on 5 acres in Atlanta, Georgia
with a procurement office in the north of Brasil.
The BannerElk Trading Company imports and distributes Ipe decking and we ship worldwide. We DO NOT
broker lumber that is drop shipped from another supplier. Our 30,000 square foot facility with enclosed
warehousing allows us to inventory over 2.5 million feet of Ipe decking, hardwood flooring, and outdoor furniture.
Most all of our product mix is always in stock and ready for prompt shipment. We can typically turn orders
around in 1-2 business days.
Pull to length orders are re-inspected for quality. This ensures that if something is overlooked by our graders
in Brasil, it's not mixed with a premium grade order. Furthermore, #2 Common Select grade is a result of strict
guidelines given to our mills for extensive grading. Most other importers merely mix all of this into one grade.
Use caution when ordering from lumber dealers and some importers as the lumber package could include product
from different mills and regions. This could result in drastic width and thickness inconsistency as well as extreme
color variation. The BannerElk Trading Company sources all non-grooved decking from one specific mill and
pre-grooved decking and porch flooring from other single sourced mills.
Certain limitations exist when shipping with LTL motor freight carriers. We make painstaking efforts to package
all lumber shipments to avoid damage in transit. Our traffic department shops for competitive rates on lumber
shipments to all 48 contiguous United States and Canada via common carrier. Overseas shipments are coordinated
through our freight forwarding department for full container and LCL shipments.
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