Alberta hoping for SLA resolution
March 2, 2016 – Lumber producers in Alberta are hoping that government officials on both sides of the border are committed to a swift resolution of the expired Softwood Lumber Agreement.
According to a Global News story, lumber producers in Alberta are concerned that a trade war resulting from the lack of an SLA could result in billions of dollars in losses for the Canadian wood products industry.
Currently, the forest industry represents approximately 45,000 direct and indirect jobs in Alberta and around $1 billion in exports to the United States.
The previous version of the SLA allowed Alberta lumber producers to ship products to the U.S. free of tariff so long as lumber remained above a certain price point.
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