Softwood Lumber Agreement Update
The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) opened an investigation put forth by softwood lumber producers/ sawmills regarding anti-dumping (AD)/ countervailing duties (CVD) on Canadian softwood lumber entering into the United States. The ITC is following standard protocol in this matter. The ITC held a hearing on December 16, 2016 with proponents (sawmills) and opponents (end users) testifying. NWPCA and the CWPCA attended the meeting to listen to arguments for both sides of the issue.
There is a 45-day window for preliminary determinations, which started from the time the petition was received. The ITC will now consider the arguments for and against additional tariffs. Imposing the duties is up to the Department of Commerce. Pallet material may be affected by the decision depending on outcomes, but at the hearing it was not on the agenda as there was not sufficient time to have all interested parties speak. NWPCA will continue to follow this issue closely and report on timely developments as this issue develops.
Please note that if you do have a position on the issue, you can submit comments through a post-conference brief) to the ITC. Please e-mail your document/statement to firstname.lastname@example.org (Contact Fred Ruggles 202-205-3187). The proposed vote is on January 6, 2017 and determination on January 9, 2017. We are not sure if that date will be met due to the change in administration, or if it will be revisited if passed. The vote is based on the outlined schedule for these issues.
Review the guidelines for hearings (post conference brief FAQ on page 14).
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