SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Independent Wood Processors Association (IWPA) challenged U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to double the softwood lumber duty on imported lumber from Canada. Furthermore, it noted that the duties are likely to threaten the future of the province’s value-added wood products sector.
Brian Menzies, Executive Director, IWPA said that the decision will further injure B.C’s value-added wood industry. The producers, who are already hit by moratorium on raw materials from old-growth trees, have now been slapped with additional burden in the form of duties on their products to be sold in the U.S. market.
IWPA demanded formation of an industry working group jointly by the provincial and federal governments, which include representatives from value-added wood producer. It urged both governments to act immediately, as any further delay is likely to injure the people who work at small- and medium-sized manufacturers and consumers on both sides of the border.
Meantime, the BC Lumber Trade Council President Susan Yurkovich termed the U.S. move as ‘blatant protectionism’.
The U.S. Department of Commerce had recently announced its decision to raise the average final combined anti-dumping and countervailing duty on softwood lumber for most Canadian producers to 17.9%, almost double the existing rate of 8.99%.