U.S. moves to impose 20% tariff on Canadian lumber

|By:, SA News Editor

Unable to make any progress on a decades-old dispute, the Trump administration has taken a first step toward imposing a 20% tariff on Canadian softwood timber - the type of wood used for residential home construction.

Source: Peter Nicholas and  Paul Vieira in the WSJ

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says about $5B of Canadian exports to the U.S. will be subject to the tax. The decision is preliminary and still has to go through a couple of bureaucracies before any tariff is collected, but even at this stage it seems likely to discourage importers from buying lumber from Canada.

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