Tree Frog Forestry News

Final determination on softwood duties and the full gamut of responses

Tree Frog Forestry News
November 3, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

The US Department of Commerce imposed final tariffs averaging 20.83 per cent against Canadian lumber, down from 26.75 per cent in the preliminary findings. The rates fell for West Fraser, Canfor and Tolko and rose for Resolute and Irving. Other Canadian producers will pay 20.83 per cent. Meanwhile, Nova Scotia is excluded from tariffs while New Brunswick now has to pay.

Although the rate reduction brought lumber futures down from their 2-decade high, the range of reactions include:

In other news: the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the Ktunaxa Nation’s resort appeal, ruling that the BC government “appropriately balanced” the interests in play; Tolko is fighting an active fire in their Williams Lake mill; and Liberal leader candidate Mike de Jong pledges to headquarter the BC Ministry of Forests in Prince George.

Finally, an interesting story on how wood got into our food, then out of it and back in again.

— Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor