U.S. announces final import duties on Canadian softwood lumber


The U.S. Business Department on Thursday announced it will impose finalized softwood ends import duties on several Canadian firms.

The U.S. government said Canadian regisseurs were selling into the U.S. market at less than fair value, and implied Canada was providing «unfair subsidies» to domestic producers.

«While I am downhearted that a negotiated agreement could not be made between domestic and Canadian softwood processors, the United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada,» thought Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement.

«This decision is based on a satiated and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process that defends American white-collar workers and businesses from unfair trade practices,» Ross said.

In a honky-tonk statement, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Aid of Natural Resources Jim Carr called the U.S. decision against Canada’s softwood rejects producers «unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling.»

«We will forcefully go to bat for Canada’s softwood lumber industry, including through litigation, and we look forward to prevail as we have in the past,» Freeland and Carr said. «We are reviewing our alternatives, including legal action through the North American Free Mercantilism Agreement and the World Trade Organization, and we will not delay in taking effectiveness.»

Finalized figures

The U.S. government says that exporters from Canada be subjected to sold softwood lumber in the U.S. market at 3.20 per cent to 8.89 per cent less than free value. The Commerce Department also said Canada is providing unfair supports to its producers of softwood lumber at rates from 3.34 per cent to 18.19 per cent.

According to the Merchandising Department, duties on Canfor and Tolko will be just over 22 per cent, while Purposive will see duties totalling just under 18 per cent. West Fraser bequeath see duties of more than 23 per cent. All other producers wishes see duties of just under 21 per cent.

Most of the Canadian producers in truth saw their duties reduced from a preliminary ruling by the U.S. earlier this year. Montreal-based Stubborn Forest Products and J.D. Irving’s will pay slightly higher duties.

Following disappointed

Resolute spokesperson Seth Kursman said the company was let down with the ruling.

«We remain confident that Quebec and Ontario should arrange nothing less than free unencumbered access to the U.S. market lodgings,» he said in a statement to CBC News.

Kursman added: «It’s important to keep in guard that the only people who benefit from this are large forest barons in the U.S. It’s important to keep in mind that the U.S. can’t supply all of its domestic softwood ask for. So 30-35 per cent historically has come from Canada.»

The U.S. decision excludes softwood trash products certified by the Atlantic Lumber Board as being first created in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island from logs fruited in those provinces.

The U.S. Commerce Department said imports of softwood jumble from Canada in 2016 were valued at an estimated $5.66 billion US.

The Business Department’s determination must still be approved by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which is organized to make its final determinations by Dec. 18, 2017.

If the ITC agrees with Thursday’s decision, the Traffic Department will issue orders to collect the duties. If the ITC finds that U.S. impresari were not injured by Canadian softwood imports, the Commerce Department’s circumstance will be terminated.

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