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Softwood lumber dispute goes up a notch

The U.S. lumber industry has filed a petition requesting the U.S. Government launch litigation against the Canadian and provincial governments and forest companies.
This, after the nine-year agreement, which outlined tariffs and guidelines for the lumber trade between the two countries, expired.
BC’s Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister, Steve Thomson says forestry is a vital economic driver supporting over 140 rural communities in this province….

American producers have alleged, in the past, the lumber industry is subsidized by Canadian provincial and federal governments giving it an unfair advantage.

BC Lumber Trade Council president Susan Yurkovich says the marketplace is a little different for lumber producers in Canada than it was when the Softwood Lumber Agreement was struck back in 2006…..
Yurkovich says about 30 per cent of the lumber produced in B.C. is now shipped to Asia.
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