CanAm wood war escalates

OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada has fired the latest volley in the fight that began with the expiry of the Canada-U.S. softwood lumber agreement.

Canadian officials say they plan to present the matter before the World Trade Organization (WTO), in the hopes of getting a ruling that would force Washington to refund any duties it charged on the import of Canadian timber.

U.S. sawmills maintain they need sharp duties and anti-dumping legislation to protect them from low-cost Canadian forestry products.

July 24 has been earmarked as the day Canada will make the request to the WTO.

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