Statement by Minister Fast on Successful Softwood Lumber Tribunal Ruling

March 26, 2014 - The Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, today issued the following statement:

“Today, the London Court of International Arbitration has ruled in favour of Canada on a dispute over the termination date of export charges related to a 2011 ruling under the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States.

“We welcome the ruling, confirming Canada’s understanding of its international obligations.

“As a result of this ruling, the Government of Canada will cease to collect export charges from Ontario and Quebec softwood lumber exporters that were implemented as a result of a 2011 award. The federal government will also refund charges collected from the Ontario and Quebec industries subsequent to the termination of the award on October 12, 2013.

“We will continue to work closely with the governments of Ontario and Quebec, as well as with the softwood lumber industry in both provinces, and we thank them for their close collaboration during this arbitration.

“Canada is committed to the success of the Softwood Lumber Agreement between Canada and the United States. The agreement was designed to create a predictable trade environment and to bring stability and certainty for producers and consumers on both sides of the border. It continues to serve our industries well in difficult economic circumstances.”

For the full text of the ruling, please visit London Court of International Arbitration Determination on Softwood Lumber - (PDF Document - 3.95 MB)

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Shannon Gutoskie
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade
613-992-7332

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
613-995-1874
media@international.gc.ca
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