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January 4, 2018
U.S. issues final duties order on Canadian softwood lumber
On January 3, 2018 he U.S. Department of Commerce published in the Federal Register the final Antidumping Duty Order and the final Countervailing Duty Order imposing antidumping and countervailing duty on imports of softwood lumber from Canada.
The Department adjusted its final dumping margins to rates ranging from 3.2 to 7.28 percent and final subsidy rates of between 3.34 and 17.99 percent.
The Department also confirmed its determination 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.
Following the publication of the Department of Commerce's final orders, Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, issued the following statement
"U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber are unfair, unwarranted and troubling. They are harmful to Canada's lumber producers, workers and communities, and they add to the cost of home building, renovations and other projects for American middle-class families.
"Canada has already begun legal challenges of these duties under NAFTA and through the WTO, where Canadian litigation has proven successful in the past."
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