Commission rules in favor of US lumber industry

Canadian softwood subsidies injure US industry

By Stephen Anthony Sobek
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The United States International Trade Commission ruled Thursday that Canadian subsidies of softwood lumber injure the U.S. lumber industry.

The commission voted 4-0 in favor of the lumber industry, according to the U.S. lumber coalition.

The Department of Commerce will now issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on such imports from Canada, the commission said.

“The U.S. Lumber Coalition fully supports the enforcement of America’s trade laws. The evidence presented to the ITC was clear -- the massive subsidies that the Canadian government provides to its lumber industry and the dumping of lumber products into the U.S. market by Canadian companies cause real harm to U.S. producers and workers,” said Jason Brochu, U.S. Lumber Coalition co-chair and co-president of Pleasant River Lumber Company. “Now, with a level playing field, the U.S. lumber industry, and the 350,000 hardworking men and women who support it, can have the chance to compete fairly.”

An industry committee in 2016 petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to look into the softwood lumber trade between the United States and Canada.