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Commerce Initiates AD/CVD Investigation for Canadian Softwood Lumber Imports

Posted December 21, 2016

In response to petitions filed last month from the U.S. Lumber Coalition, the U.S. Department of Commerce has officially initiated anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing (CV) duty investigations of softwood lumber products from Canada.

The goods covered by the scope of these proceedings are softwood lumber, siding, flooring, and certain other coniferous wood classified variously within Chapter 44, including the following:

  • coniferous wood, sawn, or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, whether or not sanded, or whether or not finger-jointed, of an actual thickness exceeding six millimeters;
  • coniferous wood siding, flooring, and other coniferous wood (other than moldings and dowel rods), including strips and friezes for parquet flooring, that is continuously shaped (including, but not limited to, tongued, grooved, rebated, chamfered, V-jointed, beaded, molded, rounded) along any of its edges, ends, or faces, whether or not planed, whether or not sanded, or whether or not end-jointed;
  • coniferous drilled and notched lumber and angle cut lumber;
  • coniferous lumber stacked on edge and fastened together with nails, whether or not with plywood sheathing; and
  • components or parts of semi-finished or unassembled finished products made from subject merchandise that would otherwise meet the definition of the scope above.

Commerce will be working with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to examine allegations that softwood lumber was dumped at less than its fair value and that Canadian forestry firms received unfair financial assistance from provincial and federal governments. The alleged dumping margins of dumping fall between 20.12% - 53.08%.

The ITC is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or before January 9, 2017.  Should it be determined there is a reasonable indication that imports of softwood lumber from Canada, materially injure, or threaten material injury to, the domestic industry, the investigations will continue and Commerce will be scheduled to make its preliminary CVD determination in February 2017 and its preliminary AD determination in May 2017, unless the statutory deadlines are extended. 

Click here to download the Commerce Fact Sheet which includes a calendar outlining the scheduled dates of both preliminary and final determinations for this case.