By / James McCarten, The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON — Canada’s international trade minister says she got no warning from her American counterpart before the United States proposed doubling its duties on Canadian softwood lumber.
Mary Ng told a House of Commons committee hearing that U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai did not mention the possibility during last month’s Free Trade Commission meetings.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s preliminary increase in softwood lumber duties to 18.32 per cent, up from 8.99 per cent, emerged three days later.
Because it’s a preliminary tariff rate, current cash deposit rates continue to apply until the finalized rates are published, likely in November.