Softwood Duties Decision Expected
Prince George, B.C. – The duties Canadian softwood lumber companies will be expected to pay for shipments to the U.S. will be decided today.
While the decision on how much those companies will have to pay is expected to be made before the end of today, the details are not expected to filter to this side of the border until some time tomorrow.
The duties are in reaction to the allegations by the U.S. lumber lobby group that Canadian wood is subsidized. The allegation has been made in the past, and Canada has successfully defended its case disproving the allegation.
Those from Canada working on this case have been trying to get the message out to American consumers that it is the consumers who will be hurt by this trade action as it will drive up the cost of construction.
There is still no sign of any formal talks to resolve the Softwood Lumber Agreement.