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Canada to seek NAFTA dispute resolution panel on U.S. softwood lumber duties

Canada to seek NAFTA dispute resolution panel on U.S. softwood lumber duties
From CBC - November 14, 2017

Canada is launching a challenge under the North American Free Trade Agreement against recently announced U.S. duties against Canadian softwood lumberimports.

The Canadian government filed a formal notice on Tuesday of intent to request the establishment of a binational panel under NAFTA to review the U.S. Department of Commerce's recent final determination on countervailing duties on the lumber.

The Commerce Department said on Nov. 2 that it had determinedthat Canada wasproviding unfair subsidies to its producers of softwood lumber at rates from 3.34 per cent to 18.19 per cent. It said it would instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of softwood lumber from Canada based on the final rates.

The U.S. also imposed anti-dumping duties against Canadian lumber.

Canada said it is requesting the panel under NAFTA's Chapter 19, which deals with reviews and dispute resolution related to countervailing and anti-dumping duties.

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