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Canada to Challenge US Lumber Duties Using Regional Trade Pact

  • While US will lower tariffs, Ottawa wants them removed
  • Trump team imposed duties on Canadian lumber exports in 2017
A worker stacks freshly cut boards at a sawmill in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada.

A worker stacks freshly cut boards at a sawmill in Sooke, British Columbia, Canada.

Photographer: James MacDonald/Bloomberg

Canada’s government said it will challenge US duties on softwood lumber, saying the tariffs have caused “unjustified harm” to the industry and workers.

“Canada is disappointed that the United States continues to impose unwarranted and unfair duties,” International Trade Minister Mary Ng said in a statement Thursday. “While the duty rates will decrease from the current levels for the majority of exporters, the only truly fair outcome would be for the United States to cease applying baseless duties.”