Canada disappointed by U.S. plan to maintain softwood lumber duties

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Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng was responding to the US Commerce Department’s preliminary decision to maintain the level of its duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports as part of an annual review.

“This is a disappointing decision for many on both sides of our shared border,” Ng said in a statement.

The softwood lumber tariffs are the legacy of a decades-long trade dispute over the structure of Canada’s timber sector that could not be resolved when a quota agreement expired in 2015.

“We are confident that a negotiated solution to this long-standing issue is in the best interests of both our countries,” Ng said.

(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Ottawa; Editing by Chris Reese and Deepa Babington)

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