U.S. Slaps Dumping Duties on Canadian Wood, Ottawa Vows to Fight

By Eric Beech and David Lawder, Reuters Canada 2017-06-29

Escalating a trade dispute with Canada in the run-up to talks on renegotiating NAFTA, the U.S. Commerce Department on Monday imposed preliminary anti-dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber of up to 7.72 percent.

When combined with preliminary anti-subsidy duties issued in April, the new measures will bring total duties on Canadian lumber to between 17.41 percent and 30.88 percent.

The announcement, which was largely expected, prompted an angry reaction from the Canadian government against what it called unfair and punitive duties.

"We will vigorously defend Canada's softwood lumber industry, including through litigation," the government said in a statement.

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