The most significant of those victories occurred in September, when a NAFTA panel unanimously ruled that there is no evidence that Canadian lumber shipments threaten the domestic industry, which is the legal justification for imposing the duties under both U.S. and international trade laws.
In a last-ditch attempt to keep the case alive and the duties in place, the Commerce Department, at the behest of the U.S. lumber lobby, filed an “extraordinary challenge” late last month to overturn the NAFTA ruling.
No nation filing an extraordinary challenge of a NAFTA ruling has ever won.
The levies will remain in place while the appeals process moves forward. A decision is expected in March.
If the U.S. loses the case, the duties will be rescinded.
For further information, e-mail Michael Strauss at NAHB or call him at 800-368-5242 x8252.
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