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IMM Information Notice 17-IMM-001, Recommendation for Processing Entries Subject to the Canadian Softwood Lumber Countervailing Duty (CVD) Case C122-858

IMM Information Notice 17-IMM-001, Recommendation for Processing Entries Subject to the Canadian Softwood Lumber Countervailing Duty (CVD) Case C122-858

More excellent word from Madison’s very worthwhile source on the development of new softwood lumber duties for Canadian exporters shipping into the US: US Customs Brokers are instructed to revise all entries of Canadian softwood lumber captured by the present Canadian Softwood Lumber CVD Case facilitated on or after January 28, 2017 to type 03 CVD entries, and to collect and remit the CVD duties for these shipments at the specific CVD Case Rates by July 7, 2017. “We wanted…

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Canada Building Permits: March 2017

Canada Building Permits: March 2017

The value of building permits issued by Canadian municipalities fell 5.8 per cent to $7 billion in March, marking a second consecutive monthly decrease, said Statistics Canada May 9. Nationally, the decline was mainly the result of lower construction intentions for multi-family dwellings, particularly in British Columbia and Ontario. All provinces and territories, except Ontario and Quebec, registered decreases in the total value of building permits in March. Canada Building Permits: March 2017 Municipalities issued $4.6 billion worth of residential…

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New USTR Appointment Passes Senate

New USTR Appointment Passes Senate

One of many, many outstanding questions on the new Canada-US softwood lumber dispute was answered Friday morning when the US Senate approved US President Donald Trump’s appointment of US Trade Representative. The upper chamber voted with a large bipartisan majority Thursday to approve Robert Lighthizer, which gives the administration its U.S. trade representative and allows it to kick-start its NAFTA process, according to CBC Friday. Lighthizer was deputy U.S. trade representative under president Ronald Reagan and has worked on trade…

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US Softwood Lumber Duty 2017: Complete Confusion

US Softwood Lumber Duty 2017: Complete Confusion

Operators are suffering total bewilderment as US Customs and Border officials can not provide clarity on vital details of application of the new softwood lumber duties to entry waybills and pro-forma invoices. An experienced US customs broker, a good source for Madison’s, upon finally speaking to decision-makers at the US Commerce Department last week about critical questions of definition and distinction, was told two manifestly contradictory things within one minute: “The DOC conveyed Tuesday that “If an exporter who is…

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Canada Considers Retaliatory Trade Actions Against the Latest US Softwood Lumber Duties

Canada Considers Retaliatory Trade Actions Against the Latest US Softwood Lumber Duties

BREAKING NEWS MID-DAY FRIDAY: The Canadian government has found several Oregon business-assistance programs it says may constitute illegal subsidies. It is considering a process that could lead to retaliatory duties on imports from that state’s products, such as plywood, flooring, wood chips, packaging material and wine, according to several mainstream news sources mid-day Friday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will launch the first salvo in a letter to BC Premier Christy Clark, informing her that he’s seriously considering her request for…

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Material Updates on US Softwood Lumber Duty

Material Updates on US Softwood Lumber Duty

The much-anticipated Preliminary Countervailing Duty on a wide range of Canadian softwood lumber product exports into the US became known last week, but the announcement created more questions than it answered. Forest operators in the north scrambled to all available sources for answers about changes to paperwork and any new mechanism at the border, while those in the US tried to find out as much as they could about the effect of that for themselves. Canada US Softwood Lumber Duty…

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DOC Office of Enforcement and Compliance’s Position on CVD Rate to be used

DOC Office of Enforcement and Compliance’s Position on CVD Rate to be used

Madison’s is becoming increasingly alarmed that — through sheer lack of clarity and basic instructions to US Customs Border agents — the US has a sneaky way of applying the highest announced softwood lumber duty rates to the widest range of companies: what is “all others”?? that’s not a legal definition. is the duty rate to be charged on the First Mill prices as always before (the primary sawmills which process raw timber), in other words the price of the…

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US Customs and Border Protection Instructions re: CVD/CC Preliminary Determinations

US Customs and Border Protection Instructions re: CVD/CC Preliminary Determinations

The level of sheer disorganization and lack of clarity on this latest US softwood lumber duty is appalling even to Madison’s, where we are used to a cumbersome and unclear process at the beginning of every new Canada-US Softwood Lumber Dispute: The US. Department of Commerce’s Preliminary CVD Announcement was published in the Federal Register today, April 28th – Volume 82, Page 19657, 19658, and 19659. US Customs and Border Protection Instructions re: CVD/CC Preliminary Determinations CLICK TO DOWNLOAD *NEW*…

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Investigation of Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: C-122-858

Investigation of Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: C-122-858

SUBJECT Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada   C-122-858 Investigation Public Document E&C/OI, OIII: Team   The Department1 preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain softwood lumber products in Canada, as provided in section 703 of the Act. CVD Decision Memorandum  

Countervailing Duty Investigation of Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: C-122-858

Countervailing Duty Investigation of Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: C-122-858

FROM THE US FEDERAL REGISTER ON SOFTWOOD LUMBER DISPUTE V : Countervailing Duty Investigation of Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Company Exclusions Summary For the reasons detailed below, we have determined that the Department of Commerce (“Department”) lacks the authority to conduct the company exclusion process. Background On March 29, 201 7, a letter presenting a proposal for company exclusions was filed on behalf of the Government of Canada (“GOC”), Canadian provincial and territorial governments, as well as the Canadian…

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