Canada's unfair lumber subsidies have for decades harmed the U.S. lumber industry, threatening its workers with mounting unemployment, and denying many tree farmers a market for their timber crops. The impact of these subsidies is apparent everywhere. Border measures against subsidized and unfairly traded Canadian lumber imports are essential - otherwise differences between the U.S. (mostly private) and Canadian (mostly public) timber sales systems give Canadian producers an unfair cost advantage. About half of total Canadian lumber production is shipped to the U.S. market, now accounting for approximately one third of U.S. total consumption. Left unchecked, Canadian trade practices would yield ever increasing market share for Canadian product displacing U.S. producers, workers, and landowners, or even allowing Canadian mills to take over U.S. assets.
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