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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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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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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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Canada Federal Government Lumber Trade Update

Canada Federal Government Lumber Trade Update

Attendees this week at the BC Council of Forest Industries AGM in downtown Vancouver, BC, got an excellent update on Canada-US softwood lumber trade issues from Assistant Deputy Minister at Global Affairs Canada, Kirsten Hillman, and BC Lumber Trade Envoy David Emerson. Robust ongoing demand and looming potentially-retroactive duties on softwood lumber later this month and in the coming month pushed North American dimension lumber prices up substantially this week. Hallman detailed to industry the current situation with softwood lumber…

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BC New Representative for Softwood Lumber Trade

BC New Representative for Softwood Lumber Trade

The British Columbia government has switched chief negotiators on the softwood lumber file, according to the Vancouver Sun October 12. Dana Hayden, a former BC deputy minister for forests and international trade, left the job on September 30 after two years as chief negotiator. BC replaced her with John Allan, the former president of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council when the last softwood lumber dispute was settled in 2006. As well, BC has assigned an associate deputy minister to “oversee…

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BC New Representative for Softwood Lumber Trade

BC New Representative for Softwood Lumber Trade

The British Columbia government has switched chief negotiators on the softwood lumber file, according to the Vancouver Sun October 12. Dana Hayden, a former BC deputy minister for forests and international trade, left the job on September 30 after two years as chief negotiator. BC replaced her with John Allan, the former president of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council when the last softwood lumber dispute was settled in 2006. As well, BC has assigned an associate deputy minister to “oversee…

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