Softwood Lumber

The softwood lumber industry is an important sector in the Canadian economy, supporting thousands of jobs in communities across Canada and creating many positive spin-off effects in related industries and services. Natural Resources Canada's Canadian Forest Service provides detailed information on the industry's role in our economy. Canada and the United States signed the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) on September 12, 2006.

Key Information on the Agreement

Recent Developments

12-05-2015 - The Prevailing Monthly Price for June 2015 is US$ 324. As such, export measures will apply from June 1st to 30th and companies in Option B regions who qualify will be issued an export allocation corresponding to their share of the RQV. The export allocation is anticipated to be issued by May 22th, 2015, and will be reflected in the company’s EIPA account. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, when the price drops below $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in  Notice to Exporters Serial #187.

13-04-2015 - The Prevailing Monthly Price for May 2015 is US$ 336. As such, export measures will apply from May 1st to 31st and companies in Option B regions who qualify will be issued an export allocation corresponding to their share of the RQV. The export allocation is anticipated to be issued by April 24th, 2015, and will be reflected in the company’s EIPA account. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, when the price drops below $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in  Notice to Exporters Serial #187.

09-03-2015 - The Prevailing Monthly Price for April 2015 is US$ 352. As such, export measures will apply from April 1st to 30th and companies in Option B regions who qualify will be issued an export allocation corresponding to their share of the RQV. The export allocation is anticipated to be issued by March 24th, 2015, and will be reflected in the company’s EIPA account. Carry-forward carry-back provisions will be re-instated on the basis of calculations derived from October 2013 balances. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, when the price drops below $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in  Notice to Exporters Serial #187.

More recent developments...

Reports

Daily Export Reports

Expected U.S. Consumption and Prevailing Monthly Price Reports

Other Reports

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments, please contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada at:

Softwood Lumber Controls Division (TNC)
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-8950
Email: softwood.boisdoeuvre@international.gc.ca