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History of the Dispute

 

The U.S. lumber industry is seeking to compete on a level playing field against subsidized and unfairly traded Canadian lumber imports. The U.S. lumber industry is highly competitive, and rated among the most efficient in the world -- but it cannot compete against the treasuries of the Canadian federal and provincial governments. As U.S. manufacturers have been forced to compete against the unfairly traded Canadian softwood lumber imports, the U.S. industry has had little choice but to assert its rights under the U.S. trade laws in order to bring about a level playing field.

The Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush II, and Obama Administrations each found that Canadian lumber producers receive unfair subsidies. Former President Carter noted:

"Provincial governments grant an annual allowable cut to sawmill owners at whatever low price is necessary to maintain full employment in the timber industry …{this} is beginning to wreak havoc with the timber industry in the United States…." (Jimmy Carter letter to The New York Times 3/24/01)

For a summary of the U.S.-Canada Lumber Trade Dispute, see A Brief History - 1982 to Present.

 
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