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12/17/2021

NLBMDA presses DOC on softwood agreement

Discussions continue as Canadian-softwood-lumber duties double.
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The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) met with senior officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce to discuss the Biden administration’s recent decision to double countervailing and antidumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports from 9% to 18% as well as ongoing supply chain concerns in the lumber market.

“NLBMDA had a constructive meeting with the Department of Commerce to reiterate our industry’s concerns regarding new softwood lumber tariffs, price volatility and supply chain disruptions,” said NLBMDA President & CEO Jonathan Paine. “NLBMDA discussed the impact these obstacles are having on LBM dealers and the availability of affordable housing across the United States. NLBMDA urged the Biden administration to negotiate a new long-term softwood lumber agreement with Canada and pursue other free market solutions to the supply chain crisis.”

In recent days the national association has pressed for industry-friendly policies around the nation's capital. A letter to senate leaders earlier this month touched on key issues impacting LBM dealers, including its opposition to tax increases and support for workforce development issues. 

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