Until the NAFTA panel rules on the latest proposal from the Commerce Department, the 18.79% countervailing duties will remain in effect. Anti-dumping duties bring the total tariffs to 27.2%.
As a result of the tariffs and strong demand for softwood lumber in the U.S. and overseas, the cost of framing lumber increased from less than $300 per 1,000 board feet last summer to a recent peak of $472 last week, according to Random Lengths, a trade publication based in Eugene, OR.
A separate NAFTA panel is expected to rule shortly on whether Canadian lumber imports represent a threat of injury to U.S. producers.
A definitive ruling by that panel, which may come later this month, could end the entire litigation process and require the Administration to eliminate the duties altogether — if there are no further appeals from the U.S.
“It’s time to end the duties on Canadian lumber shipments and once and for all rescind this hidden tax that has been imposed on American home buyers and renters,” said Rayburn.
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