December 7, 2017
News Release 17-180
Inv. No(s). 701-TA-566 and 731-TA-1342 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Softwood Lumber from Canada Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of softwood lumber from Canada that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV).

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from Canada.

The Commission also made a negative finding concerning critical circumstances with regard to LTFV imports of this product.  As a result, imports of softwood lumber from Canada will not be subject to retroactive antidumping duties.

The Commission’s public report Softwood Lumber from Canada (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-566 and 731-TA-1342 (Final), USITC Publication 4749, December 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by January 12, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:


Product Description:  Softwood lumber, siding, flooring and certain other coniferous wood (“softwood lumber products”), including: 1. 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; 2. 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; 3. Coniferous drilled and notched lumber and angle cut lumber; 4. Coniferous lumber stacked on edge and fastened together with nails, whether or not with plywood sheathing; 5. Components or parts of semi-finished or unassembled finished products made from subject merchandise that would otherwise meet the definition above.

Status of Proceedings:

1.    Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.    Petitioners:  Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations (COALITION), an ad hoc association  of 13 U.S. companies and associations.
3.    USITC Institution Date:  Friday, November 25, 2016.
4.    USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, September 12, 2017.
5.    USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, December 07, 2017.
6.    USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, December 22, 2017.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.    Number of U.S. producers:  Many producers, 49 responding firms accounted for 59 percent of production.
2.    Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Smaller producers may be located in additional states.
3.    Production and related workers:  18,361.
4.    U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $11.5 billion.
5.    Apparent U.S. consumption:  $17.9 billion.
6.    Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  32.2 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.    Subject imports:  $5.8 billion.
2.    Nonsubject imports:  $684.3 million.
3.    Leading import source:  Canada.

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