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About the Softwood Lumber Agreement

 

The SLA 2006 came into effect in October 2006 and was a seven-to-nine year agreement (the United States and Canada in 2012 agreed to an optional two-year extension). Under the SLA 2006:

The export tax rates and quota volumes fluctuated depending on the level of lumber prices, becoming more restrictive during periods of low prices when government subsidies give Canadian lumber mills the greatest protection from efficient U.S. mills and cause U.S. workers the most harm.

Random Lengths Framing Lumber Composite Price Option A:
Export Charge
Option B:
Export Charge Plus Quota
Over US$355/mbf 0% 0% + no quota
US$336 to US$355/mbf 5% 2.5% + regional share of 34% of U.S. consumption
US$316 to US$335/mbf 10% 3.0% + regional share of 32% of U.S. consumption
US$315 or under 15% 5.0% + regional share of 30% of U.S. consumption

For more information on the 2006-2015 Softwood Lumber Agreement, see a two-page summary or the full text of the agreement .

For milestones leading up to the 2006-2015 agreement , see Softwood Lumber Agreement 2006 section in a brief history of the dispute. The SLA expired in October 2015.

 
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