WTO Finds In Favour Of Canada’s Softwood Lumber Industry


The World Trade Organization (WTO) has found in favour of Canada's softwood lumber industry. In a report, it found that virtually every reason advanced by the U.S. for imposing countervailing duties on imports of softwood lumber from Canada is unfounded. The U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) repeatedly failed to provide evidence or reasoning for its decisions and, in most instances, available evidence was expressly contrary to the department’s analysis and conclusions. International tribunals have consistently held in Canada's favour in a dispute that has spanned decades. This latest report reaches the same conclusion in declaring the imposition of tariffs is contrary to international obligations of the United States.