The US And Canada Are Fighting About Milk And Wood - Again

  • The US And Canada Are Fighting About Milk And Wood - Again

The US And Canada Are Fighting About Milk And Wood - Again

Ross said that while no immediate further actions were being contemplated, the disputes point to the need to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement sooner rather than later.

"And if you look at the statistics and the growth of the Canada-China lumber relationship, it has grown exponentially in the last decade, and there's every prospect it will grow more".

Trump's point man on the file explicitly linked all these individual disputes to the broader negotiation. Reporters asked Trump Tuesday if he was fearful of a trade dispute with Canada. "B.C.'s forest sector is fair and market-based and we will vigorously defend against these unfair tariffs", he said in a statement. "If NAFTA were negotiated properly, you wouldn't have these".

The softwood spat is unfolding amid a much bigger trade issue - the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau commented a day after the announcement of new USA duties of up to 24 percent on softwood lumber entering the US from Canada.

That led to an unusual scene.

"The timing might be more tied in directly to the dairy issue, but this is an issue that's been raised many times before", Governor Walker said. Saskatchewan will export 225 million board feet of lumber to the USA this year, which is valued at approximately $114 million. "They are generally a good neighbor. There are no rules stopping them", Letendre explained.

Wangler said the union has been in contact with Western Forest Products, the Island's largest lumber producer and forestry employer, and there's no sense yet of what impact the duties will have.

What comes next on softwood is a study of separate anti-dumping duties, followed by a final verdict by the U.S. Commerce Department as early as September 7, and then one of three possible outcomes: a negotiated agreement, a surprise retreat from the U.S. government, or a potential years-long court battle.

The Canadian government is offering more detailed description of the call.

"The provincial government should have ensured that B.C.'s interests were front and centre on softwood lumber", he said in a statement.

But Trudeau also said his officials "will work constructively together" with the United States to find a solution.

Canada's Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Ottawa will fight back against the lumber tariffs and win.

"Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke today", the release stated on Tuesday.

The new USA duties of up to 24 percent on softwood lumber from Canada "gives us hope the USA lumber industry may finally see relief from decades of trade abuses", Reps.

Earlier in the day, Trump accused Canada of making business for American dairy farmers in Wisconsin and other border states very hard.

The Trump administration pointed out that the imports were unfairly subsidized.

Clark vowed to fight the preliminary ruling and convince US officials that B.C. lumber is a key component of the USA housing industry.

"For us, (U.S. tariffs are) a negative effect on our Canadian business, but the real loser in all of this is the USA homebuilder and USA consumer, who is looking for reasonably priced product".

The tariffs - more specifically called "countervailing duties" - ranged from 3% to 24% on specifically five Canadian lumber companies.

"These price hikes have negative repercussions for millions of Americans", said the group.

During a White House news conference, Ross alleged that Canadian provinces subsidise lumber, which is used in housing construction in America.

"This issue hits home for American consumers, literally. The next battle in the trade wars needs to be waged on the Home and Garden network".

"It will also provide Ottawa important leverage going into NAFTA talks".