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Commission rules in favor of US lumber industry

Says Canadian softwood subsidies injure US cos.

The United States International Trade Commission ruled Thursday that Canadian subsidies of softwood lumber injure the U.S. lumber industry.

The commission voted 4-0 in favor of the lumber industry, according to the U.S. lumber coalition.

The Department of Commerce will now issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on such imports from Canada, the commission said.

“The U.S. Lumber Coalition fully supports the enforcement of America’s trade laws. The evidence presented to the ITC was clear -- the massive subsidies that the Canadian government provides to its lumber industry and the dumping of lumber products into the U.S. market by Canadian companies cause real harm to U.S. producers and workers,” said Jason Brochu, U.S. Lumber Coalition co-chair and co-president of Pleasant River Lumber Company. “Now, with a level playing field, the U.S. lumber industry, and the 350,000 hardworking men and women who support it, can have the chance to compete fairly.”

An industry committee in 2016 petitioned the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission to look into the softwood lumber trade between the United States and Canada.

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen.  Ron Wyden, D-Ore., praised the International Trade Commission’s 4-0 vote confirming that dumped and subsidized Canadian softwood lumber is harming American workers.

“Imports of underpriced, subsidized Canadian softwood lumber have hurt American mills, millworkers and rural communities in Oregon and across the country," he said. "With today’s unanimous decision from the International Trade Commission, help is finally on the way.  I commend the Commission for its careful analysis in this case.”

Wyden led several letters and testified in support of U.S. softwood lumber producers before the commission in September. 

Thursday’s decision follows several improvements to U.S. trade remedies law that were championed by Wyden as part of trade legislation passed and signed into law over the past two years. 

It also follows a unanimous affirmative vote by the Commission for hardwood plywood producers last week, bringing a second major victory for wood products producers harmed by unfair trade in Oregon and around the country, the senator said.


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