Canada softwood duties will increase lumber prices

By Karl D. Forth
Woodworking Network
November 8, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the final determination of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Canadian softwood lumber products into the United States. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, an industry group, said it supports this development as it will proportionally counter the subsidies that the Canadian government provides its lumber industry in abuse of U.S. trade laws.  …“This is another example of a complex system being upset by side effects,” said Gene Wengert, the Wood Dr. “We do not have enough wood in the U.S. to make all our houses, actually to frame our houses, so even with the tariff, we will continue to use huge amounts of Canadian lumber even though it will add over $5,000 to the cost of a new home.

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