Decision on softwood lumber favorable for Canadian producers

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ST. JOHN’S, Nfld. — Minister of Forest Resources and Agrifoods, Rick Woodford, was pleased with the U.S. decision to exclude Atlantic Provinces from the countervailing duty investigation.

He said it was great news for lumber producers in Atlantic Canada. He added this decision is the result of a tremendous effort by the Atlantic provinces’ lumber industry, led by the Maritime Lumber Bureau who working in a united effort with all four provincial governments, with support from the Government of Canada.

While there are still issues of anti-dumping and long term solutions to recurring lumber trade issues. The decision will help ensure the historical free trade with the U.S. continues.

Woodford said his department will continue to work in a united approach with the Maritime Lumber Bureau, the Newfoundland and Labrador Lumber Producers Association and his counterparts in other Atlantic Provinces in dealing with all aspects of the softwood lumber issue.

Approximately 60 million board feet of lumber is exported to the U.S from the province annually.

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