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Tuesday, April 3, 2001
U.S. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE
DONALD L. EVANS ANNOUNCES
MONITORING OF SOFTWOOD LUMBER IMPORTS
Washington D.C. U.S. Commerce Secretary Donald L.
Evans today announced that the Commerce Department will be monitoring
imports of softwood lumber from Canada for potential import surges.
"With the expiration of the Softwood Lumber
Agreement, we are very concerned about the potential for excessive
amounts of lumber crossing the border. I have expressed my concerns
to Canadian Trade Minister Pettigrew, and informed him that we
will be monitoring border traffic closely," said Evans.
Many U.S. lumber mills have expressed concern that
with the expiration of the Softwood Lumber Agreement the U.S.
market will be flooded with softwood lumber from Canada. Yesterday,
in response to the expiration of the agreement, U.S. industry
filed both countervailing and antidumping petitions against lumber
"We will continue to consider a variety of
options for monitoring softwood lumber imports," Evans said.
"You can be sure that we will enforce our laws vigorously.
We will take a serious look at any allegations of critical circumstances
and take all steps to ensure effective and speedy relief."
Critical circumstances refers to a provision in
trade laws that is designed to prevent import surges before dumping
or countervailing duties are imposed.