ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON SOFTWOOD LUMBER FROM CANADA
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of softwood lumber from Canada that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.
Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Dennis M. Devaney made affirmative threat determinations. Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg did not participate in this investigation.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its countervailing duty and antidumping investigations of imports of softwood lumber from Canada, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about June 26, 2001, and its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about September 10, 2001.
The Commission's public report Softwood Lumber from Canada (Investigations Nos. 701-TA- 414 and 731-TA-928 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3426, May 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.
Copies of the report are expected to be available after June 14, 2001, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.
Softwood Lumber From Canada
Investigations Nos. 701-TA-414 and 731-TA-928 (Preliminary)
Product Description: The product subject to this investigation is softwood lumber, flooring, and siding (softwood lumber products). Softwood lumber products comprise all products classified under subheadings 4407.10.00, 4409.10.10, 4409.10.20, and 4409.10.90 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedules of the United States.
Status of proceedings: 1. Type of investigation: Preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty. 2. Petitioner: Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports Executive Committee, Washington, DC; the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, Portland, OR; and the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union, Nashville, TN. 3. Investigation initiated by USITC: April 2, 2001. 4. Public conference: April 23, 2001. 5. Commerce's notice of initiation of countervailing duty investigation (66 FR 21332) and antidumping duty investigation (66 FR 21328): April 30, 2001. 6. Commission vote: May 16, 2001. 7. USITC determination to U.S. Department of Commerce: May 17, 2001. U.S. Industry: 1. Number of producers, 1999: 807. 2. Location of producers' plants: Throughout the United States, but concentrated in the South and West. 3. U.S. consumption, 2000: 53,942 million board feet. 4. Ratio of total imports to consumption, 2000: 36.1 percent. 5. Ratio of allegedly unfair imports to consumption, 2000: 34 percent. U.S. Imports: 1. Quantity of total imports of softwood lumber products, 2000: 19,449 million board feet. 2. Leading foreign source during 2000: Canada (94 percent of the quantity imported).