Commerce Department Announces Antidumping Duty on Canadian Softwood Lumber

On Monday, June 26, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its preliminary determination that Canadian softwood lumber imports are being dumped in the U.S. Accordingly, the Commerce will impose a new range of duties from 4.59% to 7.72% on specific companies, with all other imports receiving a 6.87% antidumping duty. 

 This ruling combines with an April finding from Commerce that will set the total average duty on Canadian softwood lumber imports at 26.47%, with company-specific duties ranging from 17.41% to 30.88 percent. 

During the last lumber dispute, duties started at 27.22% but after legal battles were reduced to 10.8%.

On Monday, a statement from Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross explained “The United States is committed to free and fair trade, as seen today with the preliminary decision to exclude softwood lumber from the Canadian Atlantic Provinces in the ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty cases. While I remain optimistic that we will be able to reach a negotiated solution on softwood lumber, until we do we will continue to vigorously apply the AD and CVD laws to stand up for American companies and their workers.”

Earlier Monday, Commerce released its preliminary determination that softwood lumber products produced in the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, also referred to as the Atlantic Provinces (Maritime Islands), should be excluded from the ongoing investigation.

In 2016, imports of softwood lumber from Canada were valued at an estimated $5.66 billion.

U.S.-Canadian Softwood Lumber Dispute Timeline