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Canadian softwood producers to be slapped with 20.83% duty

Canadian softwood producers to be slapped with 20.83% duty

The lumber dispute, a similar tariff fight over Bombardier Inc. jets made in Canada, and a disagreement over milk products have dominated business headlines in Canada this year, raising concerns that the trade friction could spill over into the neighbors' broader bilateral ties.

Last year, Wyden, together with 23 other senators, wrote a letter to President Obama urging the administration to fully enforce USA trade laws if it can not reach a fair, effective, and sustainable agreement with Canada on softwood lumber trade.

"The massive subsidies the Canadian government provides to their lumber industries have caused real harm to US producers and their workers", said Brochu.

The U.S. Lumber Coalition countered that massive Canadian subsidies have caused real harm to U.S. producers and their workers.

The U.S. government says that exporters from Canada have sold softwood lumber in the U.S. market at 3.20 per cent to 8.89 per cent less than fair value.

"This decision is based on a full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process that defends American workers and businesses from unfair trade practices".

The United States and Canada have been working on a long-term deal to manage the softwood lumber trade, a prolonged prickly trade issue between the two economic partners.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr called the punitive duties "unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling".

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Thursday set final duties on Canadian softwood lumber after finding that imports had been being unfairly subsidized and dumped in the United States, escalating a trade dispute with Canada in the midst of NAFTA trade talks. "But they still represent a burden on forestry workers and communities right across this country", says Trudeau.

If the decision announced Thursday is approved by the International Trade Commission in December, Canadian companies would have to pay an average 20 percent tariff on the value of softwood delivered to USA customers.

"We are reviewing our options, including legal action through the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) and the World Trade Organization, and we will not delay in taking action", they said. Canada also is providing unfair subsidies to its producers at rates from 3.34 percent to 18.19 percent. "It shows the Commerce Department agrees with what we the lumber producers have been trying to tell them, that there was an export violation, and their government does subsidize their industry".

"Such a claim by Canada would be ridiculous after all the efforts we and our government have put into realizing an agreement, and the inability of the Canadian industry to have a unified position on any agreement to this day", he wrote in an e-mail.

"We urge the USA administration to rescind these duties, which harm workers and communities in Canada", the Freeland-Carr statement said. "But we were very pleased, early on, that the USA industry recognized that this was a marketplace industry in the province. and that they recognized it early was positive for us". "It is nothing more than a thinly-disguised tax on American home buyers, home builders and consumers".


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