U.S. Lumber Lobby Calls for Tariffs on Canadian Softwood
Prince George, B.C. – The U.S. lumber lobby in the United States has asked the American Government to start putting tariffs on Canadian Softwood lumber.
Susan Yurkovich, President of the BC Lumber Trade Council says “The BC Lumber Trade Council will vigorously defend the industry against these new trade actions.”
Yurkovich says the filing of the petitions in the States is not surprising “They have long advocated for limiting Canadian access to the U.S. lumber market, we are disappointed that once again we are in litigation rather than working cooperatively with the U.S. industry to grow the market for wood products in North America.”
Yurkovich says the claims in the petition are “based on unsubstantiated arguments. Similar claims were made in the prior round of trade litigation and were ultimately rejected by independent NAFTA panels which concluded that Canadian lumber was not subsidized and did not cause injury to the U.S. industry. With respect to this new action, we are fully prepared to defend our industry and are confident we will again prevail.”
She says the action will hurt Americans “this new action by the U.S. lumber lobby will only serve to limit access to Canadian lumber products, driving up prices for U.S. consumers.”
The provincial and Federal Governments have been trying to develop a new softwood lumber agreement with the United States, but there is no new deal on the horizon.