Legal challenges of the duties have already been launched

(CW Group)

The US has slapped final anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian lumber, the latest step in another lengthy legal battle over softwood, Herald Net reported.

The Commerce Department announced slightly lowered initial rates Wednesday for producers West Fraser Timber and Canfor, with combined duties of 23.6 percent and 20.5 percent respectively. Duties for Resolute Forest Products and Tolko Marketing and Sales were unchanged.

The move follows preliminary rulings and determinations. Canada has already launched challenges of the duties and reiterated its objection after Wednesday’s announcement. The Trudeau administration argues the duties will leave the US with a shortage of wood.

“U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber are unfair, unwarranted and troubling,” Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said. “Canada has already begun legal challenges of these duties under Nafta and through the WTO, where Canadian litigation has proven successful in the past,” she said, adding the government will “vigorously defend our industry and its workers against protectionist trade practices.”

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