Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) in its recent announcement called on federal and provincial governments to work with the association to ensure support of the industry’s workers and impacted by the preliminary defined US countervailing duty mill communities in Canada.
Derek Nighbor, FPAC’s CEO, commented:
“These duties stand to hurt hard working men and women in our mill communities across Canada. The duties are unwarranted and without merit. We 100% support the federal government’s “Team Canada” position and we must have a fair and equitable trading structure for both our industry and U.S. customers.
We will stand up for our industry’s workers and impacted mill communities in Canada and call on federal and provincial governments to work with us to ensure they can maintain their livelihoods during this difficult period.”
According to the FPAC’s information, Canada is the largest softwood lumber exporter to the US. The sector is one of Canada’s largest employers, providing 230,000 direct jobs and supporting 1 million families across the country.
U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) announced its affirmative preliminary determination in the CVD investigation of imports of softwood lumber from Canada on April 24, 2017. The petitioner for the trade action is the Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations, which is an ad hoc association whose members are: U.S. Lumber Coalition, Inc. (DC); Collum’s Lumber Products, L.L.C. (SC); Hankins, Inc. (MS); Potlatch Corporatio (WA); Rex Lumber Company (FL); Seneca Sawmill Company (OR); Sierra Pacific Industries (CA); Stimson Lumber Company (OR); Swanson Group (OR); Weyerhaeuser Company (WA); Carpenters Industrial Council (OR); Giustina Land and Timber Company (OR); and Sullivan Forestry Consultants, Inc. (GA).
Earlier U.S. Department of Commerce imposed no CVD on Catalyst’s supercalendered paper with its final ruling.