Softwood Lumber Recent Developments

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2017

  • 28-08-2017 – The U.S. Department of Commerce announces extension to final determinations in both countervailing and anti-dumping duty investigations into imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products

    On August 28, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will postpone until no later than November 13, 2017 its final determinations in both the countervailing and anti-dumping duty investigations into imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. This is the last day available for Commerce to make these determinations. The announcement of this decision is expected to be released on November 14, 2017.

    A Commerce final determination date of November 13, 2017 would be followed by a final injury determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission, no later than December 21, 2017. Final duties would then be imposed upon publication of the final duty order in the U.S. Federal Register. This is expected to occur in late 2017 or early 2018.

    Note that both or either of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission may issue their respective final determinations prior to the dates listed above, in which case, the final duty order publication date would move forward accordingly.

  • 27-08-2017 – Countervailing duty “gap period” begins

    The United States Customs and Border Protection has been provisionally collecting cash deposits equivalent to the applicable preliminary countervailing duty rate for all softwood lumber products captured within the scope of the U.S. investigations as of 12:00 a.m. on April 28, 2017.

    The U.S. Tariff Act provides that preliminary countervailing duties cannot be in place for more than 120 calendar days.  Consequently, the period of time when preliminary countervailing duties can be collected under the U.S. Tariff Act ended as of 12:00 a.m. on August 26, 2017.

    There will therefore be a “gap period” between the end of the authorized period for collection of preliminary countervailing duties (as of 12:00 a.m. on August 26, 2017) and the beginning of the collection of any final countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. During this gap period, no countervailing duties should be collected.  It is possible that delays or unforeseen oversights in the administrative process may result in U.S. Customs and Border Protection in some cases collecting countervailing duties during the gap period.  Any deposits collected during the gap period will be refunded.

    Final countervailing duty rates will take effect if and when the U.S. International Trade Commission publishes final affirmative injury determinations, following final affirmative duty determinations by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  This is expected to occur in December 2017 or January 2018.

  • 30-06-2017 – United States Department of Commerce preliminary anti-dumping duties take effect

    The United States Department of Commerce published its preliminary anti-dumping duty determination in the U.S. Federal Register on June 30, 2017.

    As of 12:00 a.m. on June 30, 2017, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will provisionally collect cash deposits equivalent to the applicable preliminary anti-dumping duty rate for all softwood lumber products captured within the scope of the U.S. investigations upon importation into the United States, as outlined in the preliminary determination published in the U.S. Federal Register.

    The U.S. Tariff Act provides that anti-dumping duties cannot be in place for more than 180 calendar days.  Preliminary anti-dumping duties are therefore able to be collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as of 12:00 a.m. on June 30, 2017, through to 11:59 p.m. on December 26, 2017.

    Final countervailing and anti-dumping duty rates would be set once the U.S. International Trade Commission publishes final affirmative injury determinations in the U.S. Federal Register, following final affirmative duty determinations by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  This is expected to occur in December 2017 or January 2018. 

    Depending on the timing of the publication of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s final injury determinations, there may be a short “gap period” between the end of the provisional collection of preliminary anti-dumping duties and the beginning of the collection of any final duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce. During any gap period, no anti-dumping duties should be collected.  It is possible that delays or unforeseen oversights in the administrative process may result in U.S. Customs and Border Protection in some cases collecting anti-dumping duties during the gap period.  Any deposits collected during the gap period will be refunded.

    If there is no anti-dumping gap period in place at the time of publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determinations in the U.S. Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Commerce will adjust the provisional anti-dumping duty cash deposit rates to reflect their final anti-dumping rates. This adjustment to the anti-dumping cash deposit rates will take effect on the day of publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination in the U.S. Federal Register. 

    It is also important to note that final anti-dumping and countervailing duties will not begin to be collected until after the publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final duty orders in the U.S. Federal Register. This is expected in December 2017 or January 2018. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to collect these final anti-dumping and countervailing duties retroactively as of the date of publication of the International Trade Commission’s final determination in the U.S. Federal Register. Therefore, while final anti-dumping and final countervailing duties might not be collected as of this date, they will be in force as of the date of publication of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s final determination in the U.S. Federal Register.

    Retroactive application of anti-dumping duties:

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that anti-dumping duties will be applied retroactively for all companies except Canfor Corporation, West Fraser Mills Ltd., Tolko Marketing Sales Ltd., and Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc. Retroactive duties will be in force for the 90 days preceding the publication of the preliminary determination in the U.S. Federal Register, on June 30, 2017.

    If the both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission make final affirmative findings of critical circumstances, final retroactive anti-dumping duties will apply to imports of softwood lumber products captured within the scope of the U.S. investigations from 12:00 a.m. on April 1, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. on June 29, 2017.

    The retroactive anti-dumping duties will be collected at the preliminary determination rate of 6.87%.

  • 26-06-2017 – Joint Statement of Minister Carr and Minister Freeland in response to United States Department of Commerce anti-dumping duty preliminary determination

    Minister Freeland and Minister Carr issued a joint statement in response to this preliminary determination by the United States Department of Commerce.

  • 26-06-2017 – United States Department of Commerce announces its preliminary determination in anti-dumping duty investigation into imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products

    On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced its preliminary anti-dumping determination with respect to imports of softwood lumber from Canada. The U.S. Department of Commerce preliminarily found that Canadian softwood lumber imports were dumped into the United States at prices below those for comparable sales in Canada or below the cost of producing the products.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce issued company-specific preliminary anti-dumping duty rates for the four mandatory respondents. All other companies will be subject to the “all others” anti-dumping rate of 6.87%, as outlined below.

    CompanyPreliminary anti-dumping duty ratePreliminary countervailing duty rateCombined preliminary duty rates
    Canfor Corporation7.72%20.26%27.98%
    Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc.4.59%12.82%17.41%
    Tolko Marketing Sales Ltd.7.53%19.50%27.03%
    West Fraser Mills Ltd6.76%24.12%30.88%
    J.D. Irving Ltd.6.87% (All Others)3.02%9.89%
    All Others6.87%19.88%26.75%

    Preliminary anti-dumping duties will come into effect upon publication of the preliminary determination in the U.S. Federal Register. Anti-dumping duties will also be applied retroactively for 90 days prior to the publication date in the U.S Federal Register for all companies except the four mandatory respondents as a result of a separate preliminary critical circumstances determination.

  • 26-06-2017 – United States Department of Commerce announces potential exclusion for Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador

    The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that an exclusion for products originating from Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island is appropriate in both the anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. Commerce will continue to evaluate comments placed on the investigation record from interested parties and expects to make a final decision on the matter in late summer. Commerce has confirmed that, pending an exclusion from the scope of the investigations, producers in these three provinces will continue to be subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

    U.S. Department of Commerce announcement

  • 23-06-2017 – United States Department of Commerce Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum

    In its preliminary scope decision memorandum, dated June 23, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce amended the scope of the U.S. anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations. This decision took effect on the date of publication in the United States Federal Register, June 30, 2017. The scope was modified to exclude the following three products:

    • U.S.-origin lumber shipped to Canada for processing and imported into the United States is excluded from the scope of the investigations if the processing occurring in Canada is limited to one or more of the following: (1) kiln drying; (2) planing to create smooth-to-size board; or (3) sanding.
    • Box-spring frame kits are excluded if they contain the following wooden pieces – two side rails, two end (or top) rails and varying numbers of slats. The side rails and the end rails must be radius-cut at both ends. The kits must be individually packaged and must contain the exact number of wooden components needed to make a particular box spring frame, with no further processing required. None of the components exceeds 1” in actual thickness or 83” in length.
    • Radius-cut box-spring-frame components, not exceeding 1” in actual thickness or 83” in length, ready for assembly without further processing are excluded. The radius cuts must be present on both ends of the boards and must be substantially cut so as to completely round one corner.

    While the HTSUS codes are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the U.S. Department of Commerce has also advised that it will be removing the HTSUS category explicitly referring to edge-glued wood from the scope of the investigations.

    In addition, the U.S. Department of Commerce made further preliminary determinations regarding the scope of the investigations, including in relation to the definition of “finished products.”  Although the preliminary scope decision memorandum observes that finished products are outside of the scope of the investigations, it notes the absence of an express definition of such products in the scope definition. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Commerce has proposed adding the following language to the scope of their investigations and has invited interested parties to provide comments: 

    • “Finished products are not covered by the scope of these investigations. For the purposes of scope, finished products contain, or are comprised of, subject merchandise and have undergone sufficient processing such that they can no longer be considered intermediate products, and such products can be readily differentiated from merchandise subject to these investigations at the time of importation. Such differentiation may, for example, be shown through marks of special adaptation as a particular product.
    • The following products are examples of products considered “finished,” for the purpose of the scope of the investigations: I-joists; assembled pallets; cutting boards; assembled picture frames; garage doors.”

    While not included in the proposed definition of “finished products”, the preliminary scope decision memo also lists the following products as examples of finished products that the U.S. Department of Commerce considers to be outside the scope of its investigations: assembled door frames; assembled furniture; assembled trusses; assembled window frames; assembled wood blinds; assembled wood toys; assembled wooden frames for paintings, photographs and mirrors; edge-glue wood; butcher block countertops; cross-laminated timber; clothes hangers; marquetry; open-webbed floor joists; tableware; trays; wall art.

    Outside of its clarification regarding “finished products”, the Department of Commerce also indicated that it considers the following products to fall outside of the scope of the investigations: finished furniture kits, and moldings to the extent the product matches the definition found in Chapter 44 of U.S. HTSUS.

  • 01-06-2017 – Government of Canada Announces Support for Forest Sector Workers and Communities

    Minister Carr, Minister Freeland and Minister Champagne announced $867 million in measures to support forest industry workers and communities affected by U.S. measures targeting softwood lumber. For additional information, please see the News Release and Backgrounder.

  • 28-04-2017 – United States Department of Commerce preliminary countervailing duties take effect

    The United States Department of Commerce published its preliminary countervailing duty determination in the U.S. Federal Register on April 28, 2017.

    As of 12:00 a.m. on April 28, 2017, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will collect cash deposits equivalent to the applicable preliminary countervailing duty rate for all softwood lumber products captured within the scope of the U.S. investigations upon importation into the United States, as outlined in the preliminary determination published in the U.S. Federal Register.

    The U.S. Tariff Act provides that preliminary countervailing duties cannot be in place for more than 120 calendar days. Preliminary countervailing duties are therefore authorized to be collected by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection as of 12:00 a.m. on April 28, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. on August 25, 2017. Final countervailing duty rates will take effect if and when the U.S. International Trade Commission publishes final affirmative injury determinations, following final affirmative duty determinations by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This is expected to occur by December 2017 or January 2018.  Depending on the timing, there may be a “gap period” between the end of the collection of preliminary countervailing duties and the beginning of the collection of any final duties imposed by the U.S. Department of Commerce

    If there is no countervailing gap period in place at the time of publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determinations in the U.S. Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Commerce will adjust the provisional countervailing duty cash deposit rates to reflect their final countervailing rates. This adjustment to the countervailing cash deposit rates will take effect on the day of publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final determination in the U.S. Federal Register. 

    Retroactive application of preliminary countervailing duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has preliminarily determined that countervailing duties will be applied retroactively for all companies except Canfor Corporation, West Fraser Mills Ltd., Tolko Marketing Sales Ltd., and Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc. Retroactive duties will be in force for the 90 days preceding the publication of the preliminary determination in the U.S. Federal Register.

    If both the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission make final affirmative findings of critical circumstances, final retroactive countervailing duties will apply to imports of softwood lumber products captured within the scope of the U.S. investigations from 12:00 a.m. on January 28, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. on April 27, 2017.

    The retroactive countervailing duties will be collected at the preliminary determination rates of:

    • 3.02% for J.D. Irving Ltd;
    • 19.88% for all other companies (except Canfor Corporation, West Fraser Mills Ltd., Tolko Marketing Sales Ltd., and Resolute Canada)
  • 25-04-2017 – Decision Memorandum for the preliminary determination related to scope

    The Decision Memorandum for the preliminary determination that was released by the U.S. Department of Commerce on April 25, 2017, confirms that the U.S. Department of Commerce has not made any changes to the scope of the countervailing and anti-dumping duty investigations at this time.  The scope remains the same as that indicated in the Notice of Initiation issued on December 15, 2016. Despite support from the U.S. Lumber Coalition (the Petitioner) to exclude certain products from the scope of the investigations, the U.S. Department of Commerce has decided to defer any decisions to narrow the scope until a later date, anticipated at the final countervailing and anti-dumping duty determinations.  Therefore, all products in scope are subject preliminary duties pending any U.S. Department of Commerce decision to exclude products from the scope of the investigations.  In the event that the U.S. Department of Commerce does exclude products from the scope of the investigations, cash deposits on excluded products will be refunded (although exactly when that will occur depends largely on when the U.S. Department of Commerce directs U.S. Customs and Border Protection to issue refunds). 

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has invited interested parties to provide comments on scope exclusions currently under its consideration within 7 days of the publication of the preliminary countervailing duty determination in the U.S. Federal Register. Publication in the U.S. Federal Register is expected to occur on April 28, 2017.  

    Canada does not provide advice to exporters on U.S. Customs and Border Protection classifications. However, it should be noted that the investigations will not change the existing U.S. HTSUS codes. The U.S. Department of Commerce will publish a notice in the U.S. Federal Register and issue instructions to U.S. Customs. The notice and instructions will contain a scope definition in a format similar to what was contained in the notice of initiation issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce on December 15, 2016. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is supposed to adhere to the written scope definitions, with the HTSUS codes provided for information purposes only.  Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the investigations is dispositive.

  • 25-04-2017 – Company exclusions process – decision memo of United States Department of Commerce

    Early in the countervailing duty investigation on softwood lumber from Canada, the Government of Canada submitted a proposal to the United States Department of Commerce requesting that Commerce consider a company exclusions process which would allow companies that receive no countervailable subsidies, or that receive only de minimis (less than one percent ad valorem) countervailable subsidies to be excluded from the current US countervailing duties investigation. 

    In a decision memo released at the same time as its preliminary countervailing duty determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce has decided that it lacks the authority to conduct a company exclusions process in a company specific countervailing duty investigation.  In their April 25th decision memo on company exclusions, the U.S. Department of Commerce indicated that while their regulations specifically provide for company exclusions in an aggregate case, their regulations do not specifically provide for company exclusions in the company-specific countervailing duty investigation they are conducting.

    The Department took this position despite the fact that the U.S. Lumber Coalition (the petitioner) had filed a written submission to the U.S. Department of Commerce which indicated that a limited company exclusions process would be appropriate in this case. 

    The Government of Canada will have another opportunity in its case brief to provide comments as to why the U.S. Department of Commerce should consider a company exclusions process. As per the current U.S. regulations, case briefs are due seven days after the final day of verifications by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  Verifications are currently scheduled to be completed in late June 2017. 

    Outside of the company exclusions process, companies have the option to seek an exclusion in the context of an expedited review, which is provided for under the current U.S. regulations. If, in the context of an expedited review, companies successfully demonstrate to the U.S. Department of Commerce that they received zero or de minimis subsidies during calendar year 2015 they would be excluded from any countervailing duty order.  The expedited review process begins at the conclusion of the countervailing duty investigation -- companies interested in participating in this process must request an expedited review within 30 days of the date of publication in the U.S. Federal Register of any countervailing duty order, expected at the end of 2017 or early 2018.   Should companies choose to submit a request to the U.S. Department of Commerce for an expedited review, it is recommended that they retain U.S. counsel that specializes in trade remedy law.

  • 24-04-2017 - Joint Statement of Minister Freeland and Minister Carr in response to United States Department of Commerce countervailing duty preliminary determination

    Minister Freeland and Minister Carr issued a joint statement in response to these determinations by the United States Department of Commerce.

  • 24-04-2017 – United States Department of Commerce issues preliminary determination in countervailing duty investigation into imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products

    The United States Department of Commerce issued its preliminary determination in its countervailing duty investigation into imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. The United States Department of Commerce found that Canadian softwood lumber imports into the United States were subsidised and calculated company specific-rates for the four mandatory respondents and one voluntary respondent as follows:

    • Canfor Corporation: 20.26%
    • Tolko Marketing Sales Ltd.: 19.5%
    • West Fraser Mills Ltd.: 24.12%
    • Resolute Forest Products Canada Inc.: 12.82%
    • J.D. Irving Ltd.: 3.02%

    For all other companies, the U.S. Department of Commerce has calculated an “all others” countervailing duty rate of 19.88%.

    Duties will come into effect upon publication in the U.S. Federal Register.

  • 24-04-2017 – United States Department of Commerce issues its preliminary determination of critical circumstances

    The United States Department of Commerce made an affirmative preliminary critical circumstances determination, concluding that there has been a surge of importations (known as “massive importations”) into the United States of Canadian softwood lumber products exported by J.D. Irving Ltd and all other Canadian softwood lumber companies with the exception of the four mandatory respondents (Canfor Corporation, West Fraser Mills Ltd., Tolko Marketing Sales Ltd., and Resolute FP Canada Inc.) 

    As a result of this determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce has indicated it will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to apply countervailing and anti-dumping duties retroactively to 90 days prior to the publication of both the anti-dumping and countervailing preliminary determinations in the U.S. Federal Register.

  • 13-01-2017 – The U.S. International Trade Commission’s preliminary finding of material injury caused by Canadian softwood lumber products

    On January 13, 2017, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) published its preliminarily determination that the U.S. industry is materially injured by virtue of imports of Canadian softwood lumber products. This decision means that the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue its anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations into Canadian softwood lumber products. If the U.S. Department of Commerce makes affirmative preliminary determinations, preliminary AD and CVD duties would be applicable at that time.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce also confirmed it will proceed with a company-specific CVD investigation and identified that its mandatory respondents are West Fraser, Tolko, Canfor and Resolute Forest Products.

2016

  • 23-12-2016 – For the purposes of the Softwood Lumber Export Permit Monitoring Program use of the HS 2017 changes will be delayed until January 1st, 2018

    With the imminent adoption by Canada of the World Customs Organization 2017 Harmonized System (HS 2017) nomenclature on January 1st, 2017, coupled with the United States’ delayed adoption of HS 2017 changes for Chapter 44 (Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal) until January 1st, 2018 - the Softwood Lumber Division of Global Affairs Canada would like to inform you of the following:

    For the purposes of the Softwood Lumber Export Permit Monitoring Program, the implementation of HS 2017 changes will be delayed until January 1st, 2018. When applying for an export permit, Exporters and Brokers of Softwood Lumber Products should continue to use the Canadian tariff classifications set out in Annex 1B of the Softwood Lumber Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America, signed on September 12, 2006, as it read on October 12, 2015.

    A Notice will be published in the fall of 2017 announcing the implementation of HS 2017 changes as of January 1st, 2018.

    For further information please contact:

    Sylvain Emond
    Softwood Lumber Division
    343-203-3723
    Sylvain.emond@international.gc.ca

  • 28-11-2016 – Petition to United States Government to Launch Investigation into Imports of Certain Canadian Softwood Lumber Products

    On November 25, 2016, the Committee Overseeing Action for Lumber International Trade Investigations or Negotiations filed petitions with the United States Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission, requesting the initiation of countervailing, anti-dumping and injury investigations into imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada.

  • 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.

    Questions regarding the company exclusions process can be directed to:

    Telephone: 1 800 438-9092
    Email: info@companyexclusions.ca
    E-portal web address: www.companyexclusions.ca

  • 12-10-2016 – Statement by Canada and United States on softwood lumber

    Minister Chrystia Freeland and United States Trade Representative Michael Froman issued a statement on the status of negotiations toward a new softwood lumber agreement between Canada and the United States.

  • 29-06-2016 – Joint statement by the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States on softwood lumber

    The Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States issued a joint statement on softwood lumber.

  • 17-06-2016 – Update by Canada and the United States on softwood lumber

    The United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and the Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland issued a statement to update on the status of negotiations between Canada and the United States.

2015

  • 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.

  • 05-10-2015 - Message to Customs Brokers regarding Softwood Lumber

    The daily softwood lumber report for the month of October is now available.

    For further information, please contact Gordon Chestnut at 343-203-3724 or by email at gordon.chestnut@international.gc.ca.

  • 02-10-2015 - Message to Customs Brokers regarding Softwood Lumber

    Please note that we are presently experiencing technical issues with the daily report for softwood lumber for the month of October. There is an investigation underway. We will provide you with an update as the information will become available.

    For further information, please contact Gordon Chestnut at 343-203-3724 or by email at gordon.chestnut@international.gc.ca.

  • 30-09-2015 - Message to Customs Brokers regarding Softwood Lumber

    Brokers are advised that the correction period for September 2015 Softwood Lumber permits ends October 5, 2015 at 17:00 ET.

    We remind you of the importance of submitting correct information on permits as this is imperative to the operation of the Softwood Lumber Agreement. Please submit permit corrections for the month of September before the end of the correction period, as is the case for every allocation month of the year.

    For further information, please contact Gordon Chestnut at 343-203-3724 or by email at gordon.chestnut@international.gc.ca.

  • 21-09-2015 – Further to the message on September 14, 2015, this is to advise that the export allocations for companies in Option B regions will not be available on September 21, 2015. The Softwood Lumber Division is still reviewing the October allocations and, it is now anticipated that the allocation levels will be made available on September 28, 2015.

    For further information, please contact Sylvain Emond at 343-203-3723 or by email at sylvain.emond@international.gc.ca.

  • 14-09-2015 – The Prevailing Monthly Price for October 2015 is US$ 313. 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.

    Further, Regional Trigger Volumes for Option A regions and the Regional Quota Volumes for Option B regions will be prorated to reflect only the period for which the Agreement is still in effect in October.

    Option A regions:

    With respect to the Regional Trigger Volume and associated surge mechanism a region’s Option A volume will correspond to 12/31 of the region’s monthly share.

    Option B regions:

    With respect to quota issuance, this means that companies in Option B regions who qualify will be issued an export allocation corresponding to 12/31 of their share of the Regional Quota Volume. This export allocation is anticipated to be issued by September 21, 2015 and will be reflected in the company’s EIPA account.

    In accordance with the SLA, the carry-back provision outlined in Article 7B will be suspended for October of 2015. Further, if a company employed the carry-back provisions in September by borrowing from October’s volume the October balance available to that company will be decreased accordingly. Companies whose accounts are in a carry-forward situation will still be able to access this quota volume for October.

    For further information, please contact Sylvain Emond at 343-203-3723 or by email at sylvain.emond@international.gc.ca.

  • 17-08-2015 – The Prevailing Monthly Price for September 2015 is US$ 336. As such, export measures will apply from September 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 August 17, 2015, and will be reflected in the company’s EIPA account. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, when the price drops below $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 15-07-2015 – The Prevailing Monthly Price for August 2015 is US$ 347. As such, export measures will apply from August 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 July 21, 2015, and will be reflected in the company’s EIPA account. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, when the price drops below $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 12-06-2015 – The Prevailing Monthly Price for July 2015 is US$ 315. As such, export measures will apply from July 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 June 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 $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 12-05-2015 - The Prevailing Monthly Price for June 2015 is US$ 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.
  • 09-02-2015 - The prevailing monthly price for March 2015 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from March 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 12-01-2015 – The prevailing monthly price for February 2015 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from February 1st to 28th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.

2014

  • 10-12-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for January 2015 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from January 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 12-11-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for December 2014 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from December 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 14-10-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for November 2014 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from November 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 16-9-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for October 2014 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from October 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 11-8-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for September 2014 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from September 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 17-7-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for August 2014 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from August 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 2-7-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for July 2014 exceeds US $355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from July 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 12-5-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for June 2014 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from June 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 08-4-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for May 2014 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from May 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 24-3-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for April 2014 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from April 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 11-2-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for March 2014 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from March 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 14-1-2014 – The prevailing monthly price for February 2014 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from February 1st to 28th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.

2013

  • 10-12-2013 – This message is to inform industry stakeholders that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on December 9, 2013, made the 2014 Allocation Method Order - Softwood Lumber Products (AMO). The 2014 AMO establishes the method for allocating to individual companies the quantity of softwood lumber products that may be exported to the United States during a month from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan for the period of January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. For more information regarding the 2014 AMO, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial # 189.
  • 10-12-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for January 2014 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from January 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 22-11-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for December 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from December 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 16-10-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for November 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from November 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 15-7-2013 – The Prevailing Monthly Price for August 2013 is US$ 326. As such, export measures will apply from August 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 July 24th, 2013, 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 December 2012 balances. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, when the price drops below $US 355 following a no-volume restraint period, volume restraints will resume for the following month and remain in effect until further notice. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during a volume-restraint month, please refer to Sections 5.0 and 7.0 in Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 14-6-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for July 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from July 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 16-5-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for June 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from June 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 19-4-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for May 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from May 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 21-3-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for April 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from April 1st to 30th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 25-2-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for March 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from March 1st to 31st. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.
  • 18-1-2013 – The prevailing monthly price for February 2013 exceeds US$ 355. In accordance with the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement most export measures will not be applicable from February 1st to 28th. For further information regarding exports of softwood lumber during this period, please refer to Notice to Exporters Serial #187.

2012