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

  • 19-10-2016 – Possible Company Exclusions Process Regarding a Potential United States Investigation Into Imports of Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada

    In anticipation of a possible investigation by the United States into imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada, the Government of Canada has developed an e-portal. The e-portal will assist companies to apply to be considered for exclusion from any countervailing duties that could result from this investigation. The e-portal will initially allow Canadian companies to: a) create their profiles and b) access the current version of the Company Exclusions package, which will be updated following initiation of an investigation by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Note that the e-portal will only enable companies to apply following initiation by the United States. Please note also that the United States has not agreed to undertake such an exclusions process and is under no obligation to do so.

    All information regarding eligibility for the company exclusions process will be available exclusively through the e-portal. For those that register, the e-portal administrators will email to advise of any changes to the Company Exclusions package. For further information, please see Notice to Exporters Serial 200.

  • 09-10-2015 – Expiry of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement and associated export measures

    Please note that the Softwood Lumber Agreement is scheduled to expire on October 12th, 2015. As such, for the month of October export measures will apply only to exports with shipment dates of October 1st to 12th at 11:59 PM.  Any exports of softwood lumber products first manufactured in Canada and destined for the United States with shipment dates on or after October 13th, 2015 will no longer be subject to export measures.  Consequently, following expiry of the SLA, Global Affairs Canada will no longer issue export allocations (quota) for softwood lumber products.  Information related to the application of export charges can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website.

  • 09-10-2015 – Monitoring Program for Softwood Lumber Products Shipments as of October 13th, 2015

    The Government of Canada will monitor shipments of softwood lumber products first manufactured in all provinces and territories of Canada to the United States following the expiry of the Softwood Lumber Agreement on October 12, 2015.  Beginning on October 13, 2015 a monitoring program will be administered through the issuance of export permits by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The object of this monitoring program is to collect data respecting softwood lumber exports to the U.S. of products first manufactured in all Canadian provinces and territories. Details on this program are outlined in Notice to Exporters Serial Number 195.

  • 09-10-2015 - Softwood Lumber Exports to the United States:  Monitoring Softwood Lumber Product Exports to the United States – SER -  195

    Message to Industry.

More recent developments...



Monthly Export Reports (Canada-US)


Monthly Export Reports (Canada-US)

2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement Daily Export Reports

Expected U.S. Consumption and Prevailing Monthly Price Reports

Other Reports

Contact Us

If you have questions or comments, please contact Global Affairs Canada at:

Softwood Lumber Controls Division (TNC)
Lester B. Pearson Building
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G2
Fax: 613-944-8950