OTTAWA, Ont. - Canada's Foreign Trade Ministry says it formally requested World Trade Organization (WTO) consultations with the United States concerning the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent final anti-dumping and countervailing duty determinations on imports of certain softwood lumber products from Canada.
"The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision to impose punitive anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber producers is unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling," the Ministry said in a statement. "As the Government of Canada has said for some time, we will forcefully defend Canada’s softwood lumber industry. We recently challenged the countervailing duties under Chapter 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and today we are beginning litigation via the WTO."