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Softwood Duty Suit

Posted on 29th November 2017 at 08:56

Canada is going to the next step in fighting duties on softwood lumber, formally opening a case with the World Trade Organization. This comes after the U. S. Commerce Department imposed increased duties on softwood lumber produced in Canada. Weyerhaeuser and other American softwood lumber producers contend that Canadian lumber producers are getting unfair subsidies from the government, and that this subsidized lumber is being “dumped” into the American market. In yesterday’s filing, the Canadian government says that is plans to “forcefully defend the lumber industry against this unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling decision.” This comes after the Canadian government filed a NAFTA trade challenge against duties that were imposed on about $5.66 billion in U. S. lumber imports; the Office of the U. S. Trade Representative is expressing confidence that the decision by the Commerce Department will hold up to WRO scrutiny. It’s reported that a decision should be out next month.