Forest industry supports new Trans-Pacific Partnership
By Forest Products Association of Canada
Jan. 24, 2018 - The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) is expressing its support for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam.
This agreement will benefit the Canadian forest products industry by eliminating tariffs, as well as providing clear provisions to help settle disputes and avoid unfair blocking of imports because of concerns about issues such as insects or other contaminants. For example, forest products from Canada now face:
- 31 per cent tariff in Vietnam for certain kinds of wood and up to 27 per cent for paper.
- 40 per cent tariff in Malaysia for plywood and up to 25 per cent for paper.
- 10 per cent tariff in Japan for wood products.
Between 2012 and 2016 Canadian forest products, exports to the remaining members of TPP grew 14 per cent to over $1.9 billion, with exports to Vietnam, New Zealand and Mexico growing the most by 152 per cent, 100 per cent and 39 per cent, respectively. FPAC believes that with the elimination of tariffs and strengthening trade relations between countries, Canadian forest products exports will grow even more.
“The sector is working hard to diversify its markets, especially beyond the United States who have enacted unfounded protectionist measures against our industry; and we encourage the government to continue with its efforts to extend freer trade,” says Nighbor.
FPAC urges the signing and speedy implementation by governments of this 21st-century deal.
FPAC provides a voice for Canada’s wood, pulp, and paper producers nationally and internationally in government, trade, and environmental affairs. The $65-billion-a-year forest products industry represents 2 per cent of Canada’s GDP and is one of Canada’s largest employers operating in over 600 communities, providing 230,000 direct jobs, and 1 million indirect jobs across the country.