U.S. imposes preliminary duties up to 24% on ‘subsidized’ Canadian softwood lumber

Canada’s forest industry felt the slap of the countervailing duties they were bracing for late Monday, with confirmation out of Washington that a U.S. Commerce Department investigation has once again concluded that softwood lumber imports are unfairly subsidized.

Canadian lumber imports are expected to face new duties ranging from three to 24 per cent, starting next week.

  • robins111

    Which leaves the Provinces and the Feds in a position they can’t argue out of. First to change the crown land thingee. They’ll have to actually sell the land they supposedly own. Plus include property rights in the sale.

    • Never happen.

    • Raymond Hietapakka

      They don’t own the land. Crown Land is Crown property. Want to acquire a 21-Year Mining Lease on your unpatented claim to patent the property? Make your application cheque out to the Royal Exchequor of Engeland…

  • Etobicoke_Gladiator

    Imam Trudeau, our little man child PM prince, is too concerned about marijuana legalization and helping out Islamists to actually negotiate with the Americans about softwood lumber. Interesting times we live in.

  • Blacksmith

    It is difficult to find softwood at my local lumberyard that is not Canadian last time I checked. That hasn’t bothered me, I buy it all the time. I know that will piss off the greenies down here if we start to harvest more wood. How will they get their rocks off if they can’t hump a tree.

  • jt

    This will backfire on Trump as of now Canada allows 11% dairy imports from the states with this move that likely will be cut to 2%.

    • robins111

      Yup. 11% but the Canadian vig makes sure we don’t get competitive prices. Increasing the costs by 300% before it’s sold to the Canadian Serfs.

      • I was gonna say. We are one the most forest-rich Nations in the world, yet lumber is so expensive. Something smells. Same thing goes for everyday commodities such as bread — we are also one of the largest wheat producers in the world, so why so expensive?

        And simple stuff like sunflower seeds — we have huge homegrown production out West, yet $3 or $4 bucks for a measly 500 grams? It’s freakin’ bird-seed! I can pay less for 500 grams of chicken (who ironically eat sunflower seed, etc.).

        • mauser 98

          energy , minerals etc.
          this country should not be 1 dime in debt
          where did all the money go?

          • I know. Poverty is usually associated with countries that are over-crowded and over-populated, with not enough land and resources to go around. But Canada has the opposite conditions — we should be the most prosperous and inexpensive country in the world to live in.

          • Bataviawillem

            It used to be in the 50’s and 60’s and maybe even the 70’s.

          • Clausewitz

            Natural resources are the purview of the Provinces under the BNA Act and the Canadian Constitution, so when you want to know why you’re getting hosed in Ontario, look no further than Wynne. Enough said.

          • mauser 98

            its all taxes ..all pissed away ..fed or not

        • robins111

          Vig is an un-earned cost applied on top of the value of an object by either government or a private agency. In plainer terms its a form of extortion or as these entities call it. Fees.

      • Starlord

        I lived outside Canada for awhile. I could buy Canadian cheese there for 75% less than in Canada… and it had to travel 1500km plus from cdn to the island. By cargo ship…

        Best part you could get real cheese from Europe and not stuck with limited choices.

  • favill

    Well, I guess the smug anti-Americans in BC, NB and Quebec will now feel the wrath of a USA that’s taking care of its own first. These a-holes always took the money but were always quick with an insult about Americans. I’m kind of happy it’s happening.

  • Spatchcocked

    Me too…..or moi aussi !

    Crush us Donald…..leave nothing but a grease spot north of the 49th…….extirpate every molecule of Quebec Lieberal jobbing and fixing!

    • favill

      I thought all you greenies hated the lumber industry (the helpless trees!)…and believe that herds of cows add methane to the atmosphere, thus, increasing green house gases, which in turn leads to Globull Warming (TM)?

  • mauser 98

    his asking price
    Nato spending ,oil , borders , immigration
    Jackass will cough up or shut up


  • mauser 98
    • I wish Justin Trudeau would stop dressing up like a man.

      • Watchman

        I believe he identifies as a man, but nobody is fooled. He needs to act more like a man in order to pass as a man.

  • Sid Falco

    Thankfully Justin Trudeau will be able to convince Trump of the error of his ways using a specially-created improvised dance routine.

    • robins111

      He could get that scrawny Gillis women to teach him the Swan Hands routine

      • You’ve got a good memory. Reminds me when they made mince-meat out of her on the old Sun News Network for apparently spending more than a $million of taxpayer dollars on her stupid routines.

  • Killer Marmot

    This will raise lumber prices in the U.S., slowing building and hurting profits in the construction industry.

    That’s what tariffs do. They give with one hand and take with the other.

  • irishrus

    Great, maybe over taxed Canadians can get a break as consumers with over stocked lumber and socialist dairy farmer proletariats taking a hit on monopolism Go Donald!

  • FactsWillOut

    …and he’s done what to China? Oh yeah…nothing.

    • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

      He still needs help from them to deal with North Korea.

  • Alain

    For anyone interested Ben Shapiro has an excellent assessment of Trump’s first 100 days on the DailyWire. He covers in detail what Trump promised versus what he did or did not do. He also covers what Trump was prevented from doing by others.

    • FactsWillOut
      • There has to be some sort of strategy behind that. In Latin America there’s a saying: “él que paga, manda” (the guy that pays the bill, calls the shots). In other words I don’t think Trump is giving the terrorists “charity” — he’s going to make demands. Or else. Unlike Obama.

        • FactsWillOut

          Hundreds of millions of dollars in aid is charity.
          Also, giving money and making demands is no way to beat enemies, otherwise, why not give ISIS a few hundred million dollars and make a few “demands”?

    • It should be titled “Trump’s first 30 days”. The other 70 days don’t count because he was completely obstructed by the Dems and their brownshirt fascist protests from doing anything. At tremendous cost to the U.S. taxpayer, btw.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Ben Shapiro still has to atone for Michelle Fields.

  • This is a shake-up and it was expected.

    Trudeau does not have the capacity to bargain or reason. It’s not why he is in office in the first place. His handlers will have to take care of this. If Trump is transparent, he will record these conversations (if they take place) and make voters on both sides of the border aware.

    • Alain

      I have to laugh about using “these conversations”, because in my mind’s eye I immediately say an adult trying to talk to a small child. You really couldn’t call it a conversation, but I concur with you on recording everything and exposing it afterwards.

      • FactsWillOut

        Kinda like what Assange does.

      • His handlers would do most of the talking. Let’s see that governmental transparency in action!

        Talking with Trudeau is like talking to a particularly stupid wall.

  • Oracle9

    Looking forward to becoming financially just like Venezuela.

  • Minicapt

    1. This ‘dispute’ originated in the early 70s when tree framers in Georgia discovered that their stumpage fees per tree made BC timber cheaper despite the transport costs to Atlanta. Subsequently, Canadian taxes on lumber were raised at the demand of the Yanks, but their cost continues to make BC pine cheaper.

    The question is whether this new fee will be against all Canadian timber, or just Western Canada? For the past three decades, Quebec lumber has been exempt from the dispute for reasons unexplained.

    In the 80s, one Georgia farmer complained to the FinPost about how subsidised BC lumber was destroying his family-operated business: the letter was signed by “James Earl Carter”.