This week Eacom Timber again went on public record requesting more progress, and updates, on the important Canada-US Softwood Lumber trade issue.
“The American market is critical for us … the majority of our shipments are destined to the US,” said Christine Leduc, EACOM’s director of public affairs to Timmins Press Monday.
“If you’re (a lumber producer) in Ontario, you’re not going to ship west; you’re not going to ship east. You’re shipping domestically or you’re shipping south. In fact, 95 per cent of Ontario’s forest products are destined to the US.
“For us at EACOM, we’re Ontario’s largest softwood producer with our five sawmills and so access to the US market is critical for us to maintain and grow our operations.”
Without a deal in place, Leduc said to the Timmins Press there is growing uncertainty within the Canadian forest industry, especially with the challenge of trying to negotiate a binding agreement.