Latest salvo in softwood war must galvanize Canada on market diversification

It’s official. This week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced it will impose countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber entering the U.S. – an average of 20 per cent. In June, it will conclude a second investigation initiated by the U.S. lumber lobby, and is expected to slap additional anti-dumping duties of 20 to 30 per

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Market diversification is Canada’s best defence in softwood dispute

This week’s federal budget promised Ottawa is working “towards a new softwood lumber trade agreement that will be fair and helpful to consumers and businesses on both sides of the border (pdf).” However, the budget contains few measures directed at the industry in the likely event that a new agreement is not reached before the U.S.

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To get a softwood deal with Trump, Canada should take these 5 messages to Washington

Photo credit: iStock, BasSlabbers Donald Trump officially becomes U.S. president today, and will begin implementing his trade agenda. He comes to office touting his plans for “creating jobs and wealth for American workers.” Canada’s best hope in resolving the escalating softwood lumber dispute is to use this to our advantage. Canada has a very short window

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Time is ticking on getting a new Softwood Lumber Agreement

President Obama’s address to the House of Commons on Thursday touted the benefits of free trade and the co-operative relationship between the U.S. and Canada. While many of his remarks received thunderous applause, his silence on a major trade dispute that has been flaring up between the two neighbours for centuries was just as deafening. It was

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Softwood pact’s end makes TPP participation essential

Canada’s softwood lumber exporters are hoping the new federal government will negotiate another Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with the U.S. to replace the recently expired deal – and fast. But so too should we be imploring Ottawa to commit to the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). Without the security blanket of managed trade with the U.S.

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The Canada-US Softwood Lumber Agreement expires on Oct. 12, 2015.

The Softwood Lumber Agreement expires in four days.
Here’s what you need to know

On October 12, the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement expires without a replacement. What does this mean for western Canadian softwood exporters? Managed trade with the U.S. is over On the plus side, the end of the SLA means Canadian softwood lumber exporters will no longer be subject to the SLA export charge that ranges from

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