Toronto, April 26, 2017
The U.S. Department of Commerce has confirmed that duties will be placed on Canadian lumber imports, beginning next week. The duties, ranging from 3 to 24 per cent, are being applied because the U.S. believes Canadian lumber mills are subsidized by the Canadian government. The U.S. Lumber Coalition believes Canada's timber pricing policies "give Canadian producers an unfair cost advantage that injures U.S. producers and their workers."
Canada has responded directly, with a Statement by Canada from the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources and Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs. "The Government of Canada disagrees strongly with the U.S. Department of Commerce's decision to impose an unfair and punitive duty. The accusations are baseless and unfounded." Ms. Freeland also stated in an interview "... when it comes to defending Canada's interests, we're going to play hard".
The merchandise subject to this investigation is softwood lumber, siding, flooring and certain other coniferous wood ("softwood lumber products").
The scope includes:
For more information please call Brian Rowe, Director – Customs Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at (905) 882-4880, ext. 213.