Canada is disappointed with US final tariff rate on needle timber, says Commerce Secretary Canada News

Softwood tasks completed

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International Trade Secretary Mary Ng and BC’s timber producers say they are disappointed that the US Department of Commerce has decided to increase tariffs on Canada’s conifer producers.

The US government said on Wednesday that its final combined anti-dumping and countervailing duty rate for most Canadian producers would be 17.9%.

That is slightly below the preliminary rate of 18.32 percent issued in May, but double the original rate of 8.99 percent.

Ng called on the United States to stop imposing “these unjustified duties” that harm Canadian communities, businesses and workers, while increasing the cost of housing and renovations for American consumers.

The final rates for four Canadian producers have been reduced slightly since May. The final course for Canfor Corp. is 19.54 percent, down from 21.04 percent; West Fraser Timber Co. Inc. is 11.12 percent, down from 11.38 percent; Resolute Forest Products Inc. is 29.66 percent, down from 30.22 percent; and JD Irving is 15 percent, down from 15.82 percent.

The BC Lumber Trade Council says the final rates are not unexpected but still disappointing, especially as U.S. producers are unable to meet domestic demand.

“Our strong hope is that American industry will end this decades-long lawsuit and instead work with us to meet the demand for the low-carbon wood products that the world wants, including American families,” said Council President Susan Yurkovich.

“Until then, we will continue to defend our industry against these worthless claims.”

Ng said the Canadian government will continue to defend the softwood industry, including through litigation under Chapter 10 of the CUSMA Trade Agreement with Canada, the United States and Mexico, Chapter 19 of NAFTA and at the World Trade Organization.

“At every step of the way, decisions have found Canada a fair trading partner,” she said in a press release.

“Canada has always been willing to explore ideas that enable a return to predictable cross-border trade in softwood and remains convinced that a negotiated solution to this long-standing trade problem is in the interests of workers in both our countries.”

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