USITC Rules that Canadian Softwood Lumber Injures U.S. Lumber Industry

Window & Door
December 7, 2017
Government

The United States International Trade Commission ruled that the U.S. lumber industry was injured by Canadian softwood lumber imports, thereby upholding the substantial duties on the product from Canada.

The National Association of Home Builders responded, indicating that the organization is not satisfied with the ruling.

“We are disappointed by the ITC ruling and believe this is a protectionist measure designed to safeguard the interests of major domestic lumber producers at the expense of American consumers,” NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald says. “This decision means the tariffs imposed by the Commerce Department will remain in effect for Canadian lumber shipments into the United States. These tariffs are acting as a tax on American home buyers and lumber consumers."

The NAHB estimates that these tariffs will increase the price of an average single-family home built in 2018 by $1,360. “Since the U.S. doesn’t produce enough lumber to meet the nation’s domestic needs, we need to take steps to boost domestic production. At the same time, the U.S. and Canada need to hammer out an equitable agreement to resolve this ongoing trade dispute that will provide American consumers a steady supply of lumber at a reasonable price,” MacDonald says.

The commission’s full report will be available by Jan. 12, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website