Lumber Supply and Housing Affordability

With a level playing field, the U.S. lumber industry is able to expand production. Since the filing of the trade cases by the U.S. industry in 2016, U.S. sawmill investment and capacity expansion has been robust. The U.S. industry appears to be on track to have produced an additional 21.3 billion board feet of lumber through 2022, averaging 3.5 billion a year of added output. These increases have more than offset any decline in unfairly traded Canadian imports and provide enough lumber to build over 1.4 million single-family homes. 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.