On June 26, 2017, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the anti-dumping duty (AD) investigation of softwood lumber from Canada. According to the announcement, the Commerce Department determined that exporters from Canada have sold softwood lumber the United States at 7.72% to 4.59% less than fair value based on factual evidence provided by the interested parties. Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of softwood lumber from Canada based on these preliminary rates. The Department of Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final AD determination on September 7, 2017.
The Commerce Department also preliminary determined that softwood lumber products produced in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, also referred to as the Atlantic Provinces, should be excluded from the ongoing investigation.
Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce, commented:
“The United States is committed to free and fair trade, as seen today with the preliminary decision to exclude softwood lumber from the Canadian Atlantic Provinces in the ongoing anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases. While I remain optimistic that we will be able to reach a negotiated solution on softwood lumber, until we do we will continue to vigorously apply the AD and CVD laws to stand up for American companies and their workers.”
In 2016, imports of softwood lumber from Canada were valued at an estimated USD 5.66 billion.
The petition for the trade action was filed on behalf of the Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations, which is an ad hoc association whose members are:
- U.S. Lumber Coalition, Inc
- Collum’s Lumber Products
- Potlatch Corporation
- Rex Lumber Company
- Seneca Sawmill Company
- Sierra Pacific Industries
- Stimson Lumber Company
- Swanson Group
- Weyerhaeuser Company
- Carpenters Industrial Council
- Giustina Land and Timber Company
- Sullivan Forestry Consultants
The preliminary AD rates are in addition to the preliminary countervailing duty (CVD) rates that the Commerce Department assessed on softwood lumber on April 24, 2017.