Feb 7, 2017, Business in Vancouver — “U.S. still needs Canadian lumber: Forestry minister”
New housing starts in the U.S. were up to 1.1 million in 2016, and are expected to continue improving in 2017.
But once again, Canadian lumber producers will be fighting for a share of that growing market at a time when the U.S. is applying countervailing duties against Canadian forestry companies
Feb 5, 2017, The Vancouver Sun — “B.C. puts lumber trade front-and-centre as U.S. prepares for possible import duties”
B.C. Forest Minister Steve Thomson flew to Ottawa on Sunday to start working toward a new trade agreement on softwood lumber with the U.S. as officials south of the border prepare for trade litigation that could result in punitive duties on one of B.C. major industries.
Feb 2, 2017, The Globe and Mail– “How to temper protectionism in Trump’s trade world”
The North American free-trade agreement is on the table.
There are protectionist temptations on Canadian softwood lumber flowing south, and U.S. drywall flowing north. These events, as well as our shared interest in infrastructure and job creation, may provide a unique opportunity to explore a much-needed change in a technical area of international trade known as anti-dumping – a change that considers the impact of anti-dumping action on workers and consumers on both sides of the border.
Jan 25, 2017, The Vancouver Sun– “Opinion: Trump Administration brings fresh shot at new softwood lumber deal”
President Donald Trump’s trade agenda may be causing some concern in B.C., considering the province relies on the American market to consume more than 50 per cent of its exports. But the new administration also brings a big opportunity that the province must not overlook: a fresh shot at resolving the simmering softwood lumber dispute.
Nov 29, 2016, Forbes– “Tilting at Sawmills: America’s Shameful Approach to the Softwood Lumber Dispute with Canada”
Donald Trump has called the North American Free Trade Agreement the “worst trade deal ever negotiated.” If he were speaking on behalf of Canadian exporters or American consumers of softwood lumber, his point would have some validity. For more than 20 years, NAFTA has failed to deliver free trade in lumber. Instead, a system of managed trade has persisted at the behest of rent-seeking U.S. producers, egged on by Washington lawyers and lobbyists who know a gravy train when they see one.