Softwood Lumber Trade Agreement

The provisional provision directs U.S. Customs and Customs to require cash deposits for customs duties on all new imports as well as softwood products imported in the past 90 days. However, to remain in force, tariffs must be entered into through trade and then confirmed by the U.S. International Trade Commission, following an investigation containing statements by both parties. [37] The Canadian federal government then stated that it was exploring the possibility of banning the export of U.S. coal through Canadian ports and imposing retaliatory duties on Oregon`s timber exports. [38] In November 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission decided to impose high countervailing and anti-dumping duties on timber imports because of the harm to U.S. industry caused by unfair practices. [39] 24-11-2020 – Statement by the Minister of Small Business, Promoting Exports and International Trade on U.S.

Tariffs on Canadian Conifers On April 15, 2005, Canadian Trade Minister Jim Peterson announced that the federal government would provide $20 million to Canadian conifer timber associations to offset their legal costs related to the litigation with the United States. In the same year, another NAFTA Chapter 19 body reviewed the USITC`s conclusion that the U.S. lumber industry is threatened by Canadian imports. Since the United States ceded jurisdiction to the World Trade Organization, the U.S. government had to find that a domestic industry had been harmed or threatened to be violated before countervailing duties could be imposed. The NAFTA committee found that the USITC`s determination was null and void. In addition, the group made the controversial decision to deny the USITC the reopening of the administrative protocol and ordered the USITC to issue a negative provision based on the existing data set. Unlike during the lumber III phase, the decision of this body was unanimous. However, the U.S. government challenged its decision before an extraordinary challenge committee which, on August 10, 2005, unanimously decided against the United States and found that the determination of the NAFTA body was not valid enough to require deportation or remand under NAFTA standards. The World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement includes a dispute settlement mechanism; It may be requested that a WTO panel be set up to determine whether a country`s actions are compatible with WTO agreements. Canada has appealed the AD and CVD investigations.

(b) may only be used or disclosed in connection with commercial measures or Article V investigations with the written permission of the party or person providing the information. On March 30, 2007, the United States requested formal consultations with Canada to allay concerns about Canada`s lack of implementation of export measures. [22] The following month, April 19, formal consultations were held between the two governments[9] On August 7, the United States launched arbitration proceedings before the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), a private body, pursuant to a comparison mechanism established in the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA 2006). [23] [24] The formal request for arbitration took place on August 13. [9] [22] Canada responded to this request for an outright decision on September 12. [25] The following year, on January 18, the United States