The U.S. lumber industry's overarching goal is to restore an environment in which it can invest, grow to its natural size, and better be able to supply the U.S. market which will help restore the thousands of jobs lost to unfair trade, and can only happen if the domestic industry is not being impaired by unfairly traded imports.
Since the Softwood Lumber Agreement with Canada expired in October 2015, the U.S. Lumber Coalition has been working hard to support negotiations between the two nations aimed at designing an effective framework for offsetting trade distortions and job losses in the U.S. market caused by unfairly priced Canadian imports.
The Coalition will continue working with the U.S. Government to support negotiations between the United States and Canada aimed at a new, effective, and sustainable Softwood Lumber Agreement. For a new trade agreement to be durable, it must establish border measures that are effective in all market situations and be sufficiently robust to prevent Canadian producers from exceeding a target market share. The U.S. industry will not give up its rights under the U.S. trade laws in return for an agreement that fails to meet these objectives.