Canadian Subsidies and Dumping

Canada’s unfair trade in lumber is threatening rural America’s Main Street economy. This is an issue of jobs, fairness in trade and economic stability for thousands of communities and hundreds of thousands of hardworking families across the U.S.

Canadian lumber mills receive government subsidies, among them below-market harvesting fees from publicly owned land. Canadian softwood lumber producers unfairly outcompete American producers and dump their unfairly traded softwood lumber in the U.S. market, putting U.S. lumber mills – which, unlike Canadian Mills, operate under a free market – at a fundamental competitive disadvantage. Because of unfair trade, U.S. mills lose sales, causing difficulty in maintaining production and employment levels. This harms communities all across the country and damages the overall U.S. economy.

What the United States needs is continued enforcement of the U.S. trade laws to offset Canadian lumber subsidies and unfair trade.  The enforcement of U.S. trade laws will maximize long-term domestic production and lumber availability produced by U.S. workers to build U.S. homes.