Department of Commerce finds Dumping and Subsidization of Softwood Lumber Imports from Canada

On November 2, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative final determinations of the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada.

The Commerce Department determined that exporters from Canada have sold softwood lumber the United States at 3.20 percent to 8.89 percent less than fair value. Commerce also determined that Canada is providing unfair subsidies to its producers of softwood lumber at rates from 3.34 percent to 18.19 percent.

Additionally, the Scope of these investigations was updated to include exemptions for certain named finished products, as well as products produced and harvested from logs certified by the Atlantic Lumber Board for the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect cash deposits from importers of softwood lumber from Canada based on the final rates.

If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD and CVD orders. If the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.

Click here for Department of Commerce Fact Sheet (available in English only) on today’s decision(s).

If you have any questions regarding the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber dispute, or the Commerce’s announcement, please contact your client service representative directly or Livingston’s U.S. Regulatory Affairs team at