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Alberta’s forest industry to diversify in face of duties

EDMONTON, Alta. -- Alberta's main forestry association is expecting some fallout from the next round of U.S. duties...


EDMONTON, Alta. — Alberta’s main forestry association is expecting some fallout from the next round of U.S. duties on softwood, but it expects the province’s forest industry to survive.

Gary Leithead, executive director of the Alberta Forest Products Association, says the province’s forest industry is diverse enough to overcome the challenges by changing the products they market.

He does, however, feel that some of the smaller forestry companies in Alberta will be unable to cope with the duties.

Duties averaging more than 27 per cent are on their way later this month, and all told, it could cost Alberta’s forestry industry about $200 million. About 50 Alberta communities depend heavily on the forestry industry for survival.


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