Canada launches NAFTA challenge against U.S. lumber dutiesStaff Writer | November 15, 2017
The Canadian government launched a NAFTA trade challenge of the U.S. Commerce Department's decision earlier this month to impose duties on softwood lumber exports from Canada.
Trade relations The U.S. Commerce Department accuses Canada
"We will forcefully defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry, including through litigation, which we are launching today," Canada's foreign ministry said in a statement. It called Washington's Nov. 2 decision to impose final duties on Canadian lumber exports as "unfair, unwarranted, and deeply troubling."
The U.S. Commerce Department accuses Canada of unfairly subsidizing and dumping softwood lumber, which is commonly used in the construction of homes. Canada denies it is dumping the lumber.
The decision to impose tariffs follows failed talks to end the decades-long lumber dispute between the two countries. ■