U.S. Department Of Commerce Issues Lumber Duties

Canadian softwood lumber is heavily subsidized and dumped into the U.S. market, says the U.S Department of Commerce. It has issued a combined anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duty ‘administrative revue’ rate of 8.99 per cent. The duty deposit rates and duties assessed on Canadian lumber imports will rise and fall between administrative reviews based upon legal and factual considerations during a review period, market prices, and volume of imports. The Commerce Department initiated the second administrative review in March 2020, covering Canadian lumber imports in 2019. “Unfortunately, it appears that a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel report from an earlier and separate phase of the case, which is currently under appeal, had a negative impact on the countervailing duty rate for the first administrative review,” says Zoltan Heyningen, executive director of the U.S. Lumber Coalition. “It is absolutely imperative that these flawed WTO recommendations are not allowed to undermine in any way the continued enforcement of the trade laws.”