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Canada challenges U.S. decision to maintain softwood lumber duties

January 18, 2024  By CFI Staff

Canada is challenging the latest U.S. decision to maintain duties on exports of Canadian softwood lumber, Trade Minister Mary Ng said in a statement.

In November last year, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to maintain anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber. The decision came after the North American Free Trade Agreement Chapter 19 panel directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to review key aspects of its dumping determination in October.

Canada filed a notice of intent to challenge the decision on Jan. 17 under Chapter 10 of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement.

“Canada is disappointed that the United States continues to impose unwarranted and unjust duties on Canadian softwood lumber products. These duties impact our innovative Canadian softwood industry. And with the significant current challenges in housing supply and affordability, these duties also harm U.S. consumers and businesses that need Canadian lumber,” Ng said.


“Canada remains ready and willing to discuss a resolution that provides the stability and predictability the sector needs to ensure its continued growth and success. We will always defend the Canadian softwood lumber industry and the workers and communities it supports.”

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