Softwood lumber duties confirmed

U.S. International Trade Commission votes unanimously in favor of softwood lumber duties

Office of the Premier

VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan issued the following statement in response to the U.S.

International Trade Commission’s finding on Dec. 7 of “material injury” on Canadian softwood lumber

exports to the United States.

READ MORE: “B.C. won’t back down on softwood lumber.” Opinion piece by Premier John Horgan, Dec. 1, 2017

The ruling means that all duties applied by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Canadian

softwood lumber products since its preliminary countervailing duty determination on April 28,

2017 continue to apply. However, the U.S. International Trade Commission did not find critical

circumstances in the anti-dumping case, therefore retroactive anti-dumping duties do not

apply.

“Today’s ruling, though not unexpected, means that B.C. and Canadian forest companies must

continue to pay unfair and unwarranted duties, to make U.S. lumber companies and land

owners even richer at the expense of Canadian exporters and American consumers and

builders.

“We’re working closely with the federal government, other provinces and B.C. companies to

seek a fair hearing of the issues through all the channels that are available to us. Canada has

already filed appeals to the World Trade Organization, and notices to appeal under NAFTA. We

believe an independent tribunal will find that the current U.S. allegations against Canada are as

unfounded as the ones they brought in the past.

“We will continue to defend B.C.’s interests in the softwood lumber dispute and the 60,000

people who rely on B.C.’s forest sector for their jobs and livelihoods.

“We will continue to pursue growth in markets for B.C. wood products both at home and

abroad by promoting innovation and expanding trade relationships with Asian markets.”

Quick Facts:

* About half of Canada’s softwood lumber exports to the U.S. originate from British

Columbia and the U.S. is British Columbia’s largest market for softwood lumber products.

* B.C.’s forest sector is an integral part of a sustainable economy. In 2016, the B.C. forest

sector supported 60,000 direct jobs and one in four manufacturing jobs. The B.C.

government is committed to working with communities and industry to create more B.C.

jobs from every tree harvested in B.C.

Learn More:

Softwood lumber trade: www.gov.bc.ca/softwoodlumber

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