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Preliminary Results of the 2nd Administrative Reviews:
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Softwood Lumber from Canada
On June 1, the Department
of Commerce (the Department) announced its preliminary results of the
above-referenced reviews for entries of softwood lumber from Canada during
the period May 1, 2003 through April 30, 2004 for the antidumping duty
review and April 1, 2003 through March 31, 2004 for the countervailing
duty review. We preliminarily found that Canadian provincial stumpage
and other programs confer a benefit to producers of softwood lumber and
that Canadian producers/exporters of softwood lumber have sold their product
in the United States below normal value. The Department will carefully
consider interested parties' comments on its preliminary results as well
as all record evidence before issuing the final results in these reviews,
currently scheduled for early October.
The petitioner in this case is the Executive Committee of the
Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, an ad hoc coalition of softwood
Product Description: The products covered by this order are softwood lumber, flooring and siding (softwood lumber products). Softwood lumber products include all products currently classifiable under headings 4407.1000, 4409.1010, 4409.1090, and 4409.1020, respectively, of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), and any softwood lumber, flooring and siding as described in our Notices of Preliminary Results of Review, published in the Federal Register.
Preliminary Results of Review of the Countervailing Duty Order:
In the administrative
review of the countervailing duty order, the Department evaluated the
provincial stumpage programs of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba.,
Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec. We
did not evaluate stumpage programs in the Yukon Territory and the Northwest
softwood lumber products from the Maritime Provinces are exempt from the
countervailing duty order.
The preliminary net
countervailable subsidy rate calculated by the Department is 8.18 percent
ad valorem on all imports of subject merchandise.
Preliminary Results of Review of the Antidumping Duty Order:
The Department received
more than 400 individual requests for review from Canadian producers/exporters
of softwood lumber. The Department chose eight mandatory respondents:
Abitibi-Consolidated Company of Canada (Abitibi), Buchanan Lumber Sales
Inc. (Buchanan), Canfor Corporation (Canfor), Tembec Inc. (Tembec), Tolko
Industries Ltd. (Tolko), Weldwood of Canada Limited (Weldwood), West Fraser
Mills Ltd. (West Fraser), and Weyerhaeuser Company (Weyerhaeuser).
Preliminary dumping margins for the individually-reviewed respondents for entries during the period of review range from 0.51 to 5.62 percent. The preliminary review-specific average dumping margin is 2.44 percent. This rate is to be distinguished from the "All Others" rate of 11.54 percent calculated in the Department's recent determination under section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreement Act. The “All Others” rate applies only to those Canadian producers/exporters that have never participated in an administrative review.
Preliminary Subsidy Rate:
Preliminary Dumping Margins:
(Source: ITC Dataweb for imports under HTS classifications 4407.1000, 4409.1010, 4409.1020, 4409.1090)
Copies of the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Preliminary Results of Reviews:
The preliminary results of these reviews can be accessed directly on the Web at www.ia.ita.doc.gov/frn. Hardcopies of the preliminary results and all corresponding memoranda are available in our Central Records Unit, Room B-099, in the Main Commerce Building, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.
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