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"U.S. sawmills and workers are among the most efficient in the world. But Canada's policies of government sales of timber for below-market prices provide a significant advantage to Canadian producers in the U.S. market. Unless and until this changes, border measures to offset Canada's unfair lumber trade practices will remain a necessity."

Luke Brochu, President, Pleasant River Lumber Company and Chairman of the U.S. Lumber Coalition

 

The U.S. Lumber Coalition

 
 

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. To learn more about Canada's lumber subsidies, and how to restore fair and free lumber trade between the two countries, see the other pages of this website. You'll see why even many Canadians agree that Canada isn't playing fair in softwood lumber.

In October 2006, the second U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) came into effect and terminated more than 20 different legal disputes surrounding Canada's softwood lumber subsidies and below cost of production sales in the U.S. market. The U.S. Lumber Coalition, an alliance of large and small lumber producers from around the country, supports the SLA.

The agreement encourages Canadian provinces to abandon their long-standing practices of subsidizing Canadian lumber production. These unfair trade practices have caused hundreds of U.S. lumber mill closures, thousands of U.S. job losses, and have suppressed the market for thousands of private timberland owners. The U.S. Lumber Coalition hopes that the SLA will provide the mechanism by which to find a permanent solution to this unfortunate dispute between two great trading partners.

 
 
 
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Press Releases

March 26, 2014. U.S. Lumber Coalition Disappointed by Arbitral Decision Regarding Remedy for Quebec and Ontario Violations of the SLA More

February 26, 2013. U.S. Lumber Coalition Seriously Concerned by British Columbia Log Export Policy Changes More

October 18, 2012. U.S. Lumber Coalition Appoints New Chairman More

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