Alberta builds stronger softwood lumber case

By rdnewsNOW staff

A World Trade Organization (WTO) panel responsible for reviewing the softwood lumber dispute with the United States has released its final report with findings highly favourable to Canada.

According to government officials, in 16 of the 19 claims raised, the WTO panel was in favour of Canada. This includes issues such as the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (USDOC) not considering relevant information submitted by provinces and not making appropriate adjustments to consider their specific market conditions.

The report comes after the USDOC imposed both countervailing and anti-dumping tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the U.S. in April 2017. Canada, with the support of the provinces and industry, including Alberta’s government and the Alberta Forest Products Association, initiated the WTO challenge of the countervailing duty determination in November 2017.