Birthdays are a good time for reflection. A time to think about what we accomplished over the past year. For those in the business of wood, Canada’s 150th year was full of ups and downs.
The softwood lumber trade dispute between Canada and the US took an expected turn for the worse in April when the US announced preliminary countervailing duties of 19.88 per cent on most Canadian lumber producers; some were higher, some lower. An anti-dumping duty was added in June amounting to 6.87 per cent on average. The so-called gap period – when the preliminary duties expire and the US has yet to determine the final duties – began in late August. Final determination was announced on Nov. 2 with most companies falling under a combined rate of 20.83 per cent. read more >>