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US Commerce Dept Final Duty Determination: Softwood Lumber

US Commerce Dept Final Duty Determination: Softwood Lumber

The US Commerce Department issued Thursday it’s Final Determination of both Countervailing and Anti-Dumping duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports to the US. The North American forest products industry now waits for the last of these bureaucratic announcements, which were triggered in November 2016 when the US first launched the softwood lumber trade claim. In mid-December the International Trade Commission will release it’s Final Determination. A matter of days following that will be published on the Federal Register. Right at…

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US Commerce Dept Final Determination: Softwood Lumber Duties, Nov 2017

US Commerce Dept Final Determination: Softwood Lumber Duties, Nov 2017

https://www.commerce.gov/…/softwood_lumber_canada_ad_cvd_fi… The next step is the International Trade Commission (ITC) Final Determination in later December. Some of the duty rates may be adjusted. Canadian operators will be required to pay duties on softwood lumber shipments to the US at the beginning of January 2018. This announcement also says that ‘critical circumstances’ exist on the anti-dumping duty, so companies WILL be required to pay AD retroactively to March 2017. US Commerce Dept Final Determination: Softwood Lumber Duties, Nov 2017 the “loose”…

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Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day

Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day

The fifth annual North America bioenergy day this year had record participation. Sixty organizations participated in 50 events across Canada and the United States to recognize the benefits of heat, power, and fuels from biomass. In honour of the Fifth Annual Bioenergy Day, Fink Machine held an Open House October 18 in Enderby, BC, to showcase their biomass fuelled District Energy (DE) System as well as the highlight the nearly 100 biomass heating projects they have done across Canada and…

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Japan Building Projection: Fiscal Year 2017

Japan Building Projection: Fiscal Year 2017

On July 26, Japan’s Research Institute of Construction and Economy and the Economic Research Association released “Outlook of Construction Investment According to Construction Economy Model”, said Japan Lumber Journal October 15. In that report, the organizations predict Japan housing starts in fiscal 2017 (from April 2017 to March 2018) to decrease 1.3 per cent compared with the previous fiscal year, to 962,000 units, and those in fiscal 2018 to be the same amount (962,000 units) as the year before. As…

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North America Wildfire Damage Update: October 2017

North America Wildfire Damage Update: October 2017

British Columbia recorded its worst-ever fire season this year, said CBC Monday. Wildfires that began in early April scorched just over 12,000 square kilometres of timber, bush, and grassland and at their height forced 45,000 people from their homes. Climate change didn’t directly cause major wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia this year but it did contribute to their extreme nature, explained Mike Flannigan, a professor of wildland fire at the University of Alberta, to CBC. North America Wildfire Damage…

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US New Home Sales: September 2017

US New Home Sales: September 2017

Contracts for new US home sales expanded by 18.9 per cent in September to a 667,000 seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to estimates from the joint data release of HUD and the Census Bureau Wednesday. The solid reading in September returns new home sales to the positive growth trend it has been on for several years. this is a very important graph: the latest data shows that new US single-family home building is not keeping up with demand

Madison’s Softwood Heating Pellet Report: September 2017

Madison’s Softwood Heating Pellet Report: September 2017

Last week Madison’s Lumber Reporter subscribers have received an email with the special one-year anniversary issue of the wildly-popular monthly North America residential heating softwood pellet price report. We will continue to make the exciting changes we have started, so next month’s issue — for October 2017 — will be still expanded and improved. Don’t miss out on what you need to plan operational strategy for RESIDUALS from your sawmill or other wood processing facility in Canada and the USA….

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Roseburg Sells, Solifor Buys…

Roseburg Sells, Solifor Buys…

Roseburg Resources, out of Sprinfield, OR, is selling 170,000 acres of timberland in Siskiyou and Shasta counties an Australia management firm, according to the Mail Tribune Thursday. Roseburg has operations in three Northwest states, including a medium density fiberboard plant in Medford, and four Southeast states. The buyer is New Forests, a US$3 billion firm based in Sydney, Australia, with offices in San Francisco, Singapore and New Zealand. It manages more than 2 million acres of land and forests globally….

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Japan Housing Starts: August 2017

Japan Housing Starts: August 2017

According to Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan housing starts for August were 80,562 units (down 2 per cent from the same month in the previous year), falling below the previous year’s results for two consecutive months, said Japan Lumber Journal Monday. Japan Housing Starts The seasonally-adjusted annual rate for housing starts in Japan for August was 942,000 units, down 3.2 per cent from the previous month, and falling below 950,000 units for the first time in…

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US Wildfires Destroyed over 7,000 Homes

US Wildfires Destroyed over 7,000 Homes

The latest word out of Madison’s contacts close to the Softwood Lumber negotiations Tuesday is that — in advance of the next looming ‘gap period’ this time on the anti-dumping duty — there will be some kind of announcement out of US Commerce dept regarding: ” sources are conveying that the AD/CVD aligned Final Determination publication date is being pushed up to as early as the end of this week, or next Tuesday at the latest ” Jones & Jones…

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