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U.S. Lumber Coalition concerned over Canadian aid

Domestic producers could be impacted even more during COVID-19 crisis.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The U.S. Lumber Coalition said that it is concerned over recently announced and implied aid programs designed to benefit the Canadian lumber industry during the coronavirus crisis.

According to the coalition, additional government aid to Canadian producers will make matters much more difficult for U.S. producers during the COVID-19 disruption.

The coalition said, “it will closely examine the details of each and every announcement of aid and will aggressively pursue any initiative that constitutes further aid to the already heavily subsidized Canadian softwood lumber industry.”

“The last thing the U.S. industry, its workers, and forestry dependent communities need at this difficult time is even more heavily subsidized and unfairly traded Canadian lumber imports further disrupting our markets,” said Jason Brochu, co-president of Pleasant River Lumber Company based in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

The United States International Trade Commission has ruled that the U.S. lumber industry is materially injured by Canadian government subsidies of their softwood lumber industry, and the U.S. Department of Commerce has confirmed that Canadian producers continue to be heavily subsidized.

“The U.S. lumber industry will continue to push for the full enforcement of the U.S. trade laws against Canada’s unfair trade practices so that the U.S. lumber industry, and the 350,000 men and women who support it can continue to compete on a level playing field in a fair-trade environment,” Brochu said.

The U.S. Lumber Coalition is an alliance of large and small U.S. softwood lumber producers working to address Canadian lumber trade practices.

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