NAFTA panel orders rethink on softwood lumber duties

By Nelson Bennett
Business in Vancouver
May 7, 2024
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Bruce Ralston

B.C. Forests Minister Bruce Ralston is applauding a NAFTA panel’s recent decision to order the U.S. Department of Commerce to correct errors in its setting of countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber. …The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has a trade resolution section, chapter 19. A bi-national NAFTA chapter 19 panel recently ruled that the U.S. Department of Congress needs to correct errors it made in its most recent determination on duties. “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 panel decision supports what the province of British Columbia and Government of Canada have said from the start: These duties are unfair and unwarranted.

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