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November 2, 2017
U.S. sets final antidumping and countervailing duty on Canadian softwood lumber
The U.S. Commerce Department announced that it will impose final antidumping duty and countervailing duty on imports of softwood lumber from Canada.
The Department calculated final dumping margins ranging from 3.2 to 8.89 percent and final subsidy rates of between 3.34 and 18.19 percent.
The rates are slightly lower than the preliminary dumping margins (4.59 to 7.72 percent) and the preliminary subsidy rates (3.02 to 24.12 percent).
Upon publication of the official final affirmative antidumping duty determination, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits equal to the applicable final weighted-average dumping rates. If the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) makes an affirmative injury determination, Commerce will instruct CBP to resume collection of cash deposits equal to the applicable subsidy rates.
Commerce also decided in the antidumping duty investigation that "critical circumstances" exist with respect to certain Canadian producers and exporters. Consequently, Commerce will instruct CBP to impose provisional measures retroactively on entries of softwood lumber from Canada, effective 90 days prior to publication of the preliminary determination in the Federal Register, for the affected producers and exporters.
The Department determined that certain softwood lumber products certified by the Atlantic Lumber Board (ALB) as being first produced in the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island from logs harvested in these three provinces should be excluded from the scope of the investigations.
The USITC is scheduled to make its final determinations as to whether the imports of softwood lumber from Canada cause injury to American industry on or about December 18, 2017.
If the USITC makes affirmative final determinations that imports of softwood lumber from Canada materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, Commerce will issue antidumping duty and countervailing duty orders. If the USITC makes negative determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated.
Link: Final Determinations (pdf)
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