US Construction Labour Shortage

US Construction Labour Shortage

Also at the NAHB Design and Construction Week, was a lot of conversation about a looming and serious shortage in skilled construction labour. During a three-hour seminar Wednesday morning, builders shared tips for finding and training newcomers and maintaining ties with their trades when labour is hard to find. US Home Builders and Skilled-Labor Shortage: 2017 The skilled-labour shortage persists in the construction industry, pushing wages up, extending project timelines and putting pressure on builder–trade relations. That’s made the topic…

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National Association of Home Builders: January 2017

National Association of Home Builders: January 2017

The annual International Builders’ Show was held by the National Association of Home Builders in Orlando, FL, this week. US Housing Market: 2017 Forecast At the annual International Builders’ Show was held by the National Association of Home Builders in Orlando, FL, this week, attendees were told almost 50,000 apartments are being built in North Texas, according to the Dallas News Thursday. And nationwide, developers got permits to start an estimated 383,000 multifamily housing units in 2016. Still, after a…

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BC Dimension Cedar Producers Hike Prices in Anticipation of Softwood Lumber Duties

BC Dimension Cedar Producers Hike Prices in Anticipation of Softwood Lumber Duties

Dimension cedar mills in Lower Mainland, British Columbia, pushed their prices up another ten per cent, with plans for further hikes designed to mitigate forthcoming retroactive duties on their US-bound shipments. At least one large producer was “working hard” at getting Western red cedar exempted from the ongoing and embittered US-Canada Softwood Lumber Dispute. In the meantime, covering their bases was paramount, and that meant passing on higher costs to less-than-happy customers.

Western Wood Products Association: Lumber Track October 2016

Western Wood Products Association: Lumber Track October 2016

Western US lumber production dipped 3.7 per cent in November 2016, from 1.17 BBF in October to 1.13 BBF, according to the Western Wood Products Association‘s monthly Lumber Track. Year-over-year, western production in November rose 9 per cent compared to November 2015. Through November of last year, western production totalled 12.82 BBF, an increase of 2.7 per cent over the same period in 2015. North American Lumber Production, Sawmill Capacity: October 2016 According to the Western Wood Products Association, through…

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US Sawmill Imports, Canada Sawmill Exports: November 2016

US Sawmill Imports, Canada Sawmill Exports: November 2016

Brand-new data released Thursday by Industry Canada and US Census Bureau shows a continued glowing picture for US softwood lumber consumption, imports, and Canadian lumber exports to US. US Sawmill Products Imports: November 2016 A major glitch in US Census data reported at the beginning of 2015 nothwithstanding, US sawmill products imports from the world also showed steady increases through last year, rising by 15 per cent for January to November 2016, to US$6,454 million from US$4,214 million in 2015….

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Canada Sawmill Exports, Manufacturing Sales at Sawmills: October 2016

Canada Sawmill Exports, Manufacturing Sales at Sawmills: October 2016

Manufacturing sales by Canadian sawmills continued their sharp increases of previous months, up by 10.6 per cent, to C$8,652 million from C$7,755 million, for the top three lumber producing provinces combined — British Columbia, Quebec, and Alberta — for January to October 2016 compared to the same time last year. Canada Sawmill Exports, Manufacturing Sales at Sawmills: October 2016 Canada Sawmill Exports: October 2016 Data released in December by Industry Canada shows softwood lumber exports to the world improved also…

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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Softwood Lumber Products from Canada

USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Softwood Lumber Products from Canada

THE USITC FRIDAY DETERMINED: https://www.usitc.gov/press_room/news_release/2017/er0106ll702.htm January 6, 2017 News Release 17-003 Inv. No. 701-TA-566 and 731-TA-1342 Contact: Peg O’Laughlin, 202-205-1819 USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Softwood Lumber Products from Canada The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of softwood lumber products from Canada that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value. EXPLANATION OF…

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Canada Sawmill Exports, Provincial Manufacturing Sales at Sawmills: OCT 2016

Canada Sawmill Exports, Provincial Manufacturing Sales at Sawmills: OCT 2016

Canadian manufacturing sales in October dropped 0.8 per cent to C$48.7 billion after three-straight monthly increases, other sectors stepped in to make up for a decline in fossil fuels and the aerospace products and parts industries, said Statistics Canada last month. Vehicle parts, computer and electronic products and wood products sales increased for the month. Manufacturing sales by sawmills continued their sharp increases of previous months, up by 10.6 per cent, to C$8,652 million from C$7,755 million, for the top…

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Donald Trump Appoints USTR Rep, Creates new White House National Trade Council

Donald Trump Appoints USTR Rep, Creates new White House National Trade Council

US President-Elect, former dubious real estate ‘developer’ and more recently known for appearing in reality TV shows, Donald Trump has appointed a new US Trade Representative and created a special White House council just for trade issues. Lawyer Robert Lighthizer is to head the US Trade Representative office, Trump’s transition team said Tuesday in a further sign the incoming administration will take a tougher line on China, said Bloomberg Wednesday. https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-01-03/trump-said-to-pick-lighthizer-for-u-s-trade-representative-ixgysdcc Lighthizer, 69, who was deputy trade representative during the…

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ITC Softwood Lumber ADD/CVD Fact Sheet

ITC Softwood Lumber ADD/CVD Fact Sheet

THIS JUST IN FROM INTREPID CUSTOMS BROKER MIKE JONES AT BLIANE, WA : Dear Canadian Softwood Lumber Clients and Interested Parties; Please see the attached U.S. International Trade Administration Canadian Softwood Lumber ADD/CVD “Fact Sheet” outlining the U.S. DOC’s December 16th formal announcement of the initiation of ADD/CVD investigation of imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada. It is important to note that this ITC “Fact Sheet” continues to include lumber products never before captured in previous ADD/CVD investigations…

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