‘Unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling’: U.S. sets final import duties on Canadian softwood lumber

CBC News
November 2, 2017
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, United States

The U.S. Commerce Department on Thursday announced it will impose finalized softwood lumber import duties on several Canadian firms. The U.S. government said Canadian producers were selling into the U.S. market at less than fair value, and said Canada was providing “unfair subsidies” to domestic producers. “While I am disappointed that a negotiated agreement could not be made between domestic and Canadian softwood producers, the United States is committed to free, fair and reciprocal trade with Canada,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in a statement. “This decision is based on a full and unbiased review of the facts in an open and transparent process that defends American workers and businesses from unfair trade practices,” Ross said. In a joint statement, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr called the U.S. decision against Canada’s softwood lumber producers “unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling.”

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