17 October 2023
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NAFTA panel asks U.S. to review key aspects of duties on Canadian lumber

A North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Chapter 19 panel issued a ruling on Canada’s challenge of the Unites States Department of Commerce’s final dumping determination on Canadian softwood lumber products.

The panel directed the U.S. Department of Commerce to review key aspects of its determination.

The NAFTA panel asked the U.S. Commerce Department for further explanations on commerce’s differential pricing methodology, its treatment of export taxes under the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States, and its decision on startup adjustments for a mill in northern Ontario.”

In a statement issued following the panel’s ruling Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Mary Ng, said “Canada is pleased that the NAFTA dispute panel agrees that elements of the U.S. dumping determination are inconsistent with U.S. law. These duties are unwarranted-the only fair outcome is for the United States to revoke all duties on Canadian softwood lumber without further delay.”

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