Value-added wood next on U.S. hit list

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Canadian producers of value-added wood may be the next target of U.S. protectionist trade restrictions.

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently launched an investigation into the competitive conditions for structural building components. They include roof and floor trusses, panels, beams and I-joists.

Central Interior Wood Processors Association chief executive officer, Ken Pendergast, tells local media "It’s another shot across our bow. "Every time somebody in the U.S. discovers something new or innovative that may be affecting them, and they can claim injury, they change the rules again."

B.C.’s value-added wood industry produces about $2.9 billion in sales per year.

A hearing will be held Dec. 5 and the ITC will deliver a report to a Senate committee by Apr. 30, 2003.

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