Timber: the minister Freeland condemns the rights of “unjust”

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The government of canada will continue to defend the timber industry.

The minister of foreign Affairs of Canada, asked by chrystia Freeland, denounced Wednesday, countervailing duties and definitive anti-dumping of the us government on exports of canadian softwood lumber.


Two notices published in the federal register and u.s. confirm the imposition of such definitive duties on January 3, 2018. The forest industry was required to pay countervailing duties and anti-dumping preliminary since April 24, 2017.


In this view, the International Trade Administration of the United States has declined slightly over the rights to correct a calculation error. These now total 20,23% instead of 20.83 per cent for the majority of the affected businesses.


In a statement, the minister Freeland writes that “the duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber from canada are unfair, unjustified and disturbing” and that the canadian government will continue to defend the timber industry ” against the protectionist trade practices “.


Canada has begun in November two actions against countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties, one under the controversial chapter 19 of the free trade Agreement north american (NAFTA) and the other in front of the world trade Organization. At the same time, Ottawa will continue talks with Washington to try to conclude a new agreement on the timber.


The forest industry Council recalled that it is the fifth conflict to occur between Canada and the United States on exports of softwood lumber and that Canada has always been successful. It is expected that these rights are maintained until the next administrative review in 2019.


In recent months, the canadian lumber has been able to pass on the cost of countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties to u.s. consumers through a price increase.