NAFTA panel orders review of US softwood lumber duties

By The Ministry of Forests
The Government of British Columbia
May 6, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Forests, has released a statement in response to the binational North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19 panel ruling on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s countervailing duty determination: For years, unfair U.S. duties on softwood lumber have harmed people on both sides of the border. Unwarranted softwood duties have negatively impacted the B.C. forestry sector, financially strained homebuilders, increased material costs for people, and hurt workers and their families in B.C.’s forestry communities. Today, a NAFTA panel has taken an important step in the right direction to correcting this by directing the U.S. Department of Commerce to review certain aspects of its determination. This decision is good news to communities and the tens of thousands of forestry workers throughout B.C., as well as American and Canadian families. …The Province of British Columbia will continue to take action … to vigorously fight for the removal of U.S. duties.”

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