Export.gov logo and link to Export.gov Office of Public Affairs
Press Releases
Speeches
Trade Statistics
Official Bios
Publications
Import Decisions

FACT SHEET

Final Determinations

in the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations:

Certain Softwood Lumber from Canada

On Friday, March 22, 2002, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced the final determinations for the above-referenced investigations. We found that producers/exporters of certain softwood lumber products (softwood lumber) from Canada have benefitted from countervailable subsidies. We also found that Canadian producers/exporters of softwood lumber have sold their product below fair market value.

Petitioners: The petitions were filed April 2, 2001, on behalf of the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports Executive Committee. In addition, on April 20, 2001, the petition was amended to include the following four companies individually as petitioners: Moose River Lumber Co., Shearer Lumber Products, Shuqualak Lumber Co. and Tolleson Lumber Co., Inc.

Product Description: The products covered by these investigations are softwood lumber, flooring and siding (softwood lumber products). Softwood lumber products include all products classified under headings 4407.1000, 4409.1010, 4409.1090, and 4409.1020, respectively, of the HTSUS, and any softwood lumber, flooring and siding described below. These softwood lumber products include:

(1) coniferous wood, sawn or chipped lengthwise, sliced or peeled, whether or not planed, sanded or finger-jointed, of a thickness exceeding six millimeters;

(2) coniferous wood siding (including strips and friezes for parquet flooring, not assembled) continuously shaped (tongued, grooved, rabbeted, chamfered, V-jointed, beaded, molded, rounded or the like) along any of its edges or faces, whether or not planed, sanded or finger-jointed;

(3) other coniferous wood (including strips and friezes for parquet flooring, not assembled) continuously shaped (tongued, grooved, rabbeted, chamfered, V-jointed, beaded, molded, rounded or the like) along any of its edges or faces (other than wood mouldings and wood dowel rods) whether or not planed, sanded or finger-jointed; and

(4) coniferous wood flooring (including strips and friezes for parquet flooring,

not assembled) continuously shaped (tongued, grooved, rabbeted, chamfered, V-jointed, beaded, molded, rounded or the like) along any of its edges or faces, whether or not planed, sanded or finger-jointed.

Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive.

The Maritime Provinces: Excluded from the countervailing duty investigation are imports of softwood lumber from the Canadian Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland (the Maritime Provinces). This exemption does not apply to softwood lumber products produced in the Maritime Provinces from Crown timber harvested in any other Province.

Company Exclusions: We determined that certain Canadian companies were not subsidized above de minimis levels. As a result, the following companies will be excluded from countervailing duty investigation: Armarnd Duhamel et fils Inc., Bardeaux et Cedres, B. Luken Logging, Beaubois Coaticook, Busque & Laflamme Inc., Carrier & Begin Inc., Clermond Hamel, Frontier Lumber, J.D. Irving, Ltd., Les Produits Forestiers D.G., Marcel Lauzon Inc., Mobilier Rustique, Paul Vallee Inc., Rene Bernard Inc., Roland Boulanger & Cite., Sault Forest Product Ltd., Scierie Alexandre Lemay, Scierie La Patrie Inc., Scierie Tech, Inc., and Wilfrid Paquet et fils.

Lumber Exclusions: The Department has determined not to exclude western red cedar and certain other species of lumber from these investigations, nor has the Department considered western red cedar and certain other species to be separate classes or kinds of products from all other investigated products.

 

Case Calendar:

Event

AD Date

CVD Date

Petition Filed

April 2, 2001

April 2, 2001

Initiation Date

April 23, 2001

April 23, 2001

ITC Preliminary Determination

May 18, 2001

May 18, 2001

DOC Preliminary Determination

October 30, 2001

August 9, 2001

DOC Final Determination

March 21, 2002

March 21, 2002

ITC Final Determination*

May 6, 2002

May 6, 2002

Signature of Order**

May 13, 2002

May 13, 2002

* On or about this date.

** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative injury determination by the International Trade Commission.

 

Margins:

Net Subsidy Rate

CANADA

FINAL Rate

PRELIM Rate

All producers/exporters

19.34%

19.31%

Dumping Margins

COMPANY

FINAL Margin

PRELIM Margin

Weyerhaeuser

15.83%

11.93%

Abitibi

14.60%

13.64%

Tembec

12.04%

10.76%

Slocan

7.55%

19.24%

Canfor

5.96%

12.98%

West Fraser

2.26%

5.94%

All Others

9.67%

12.58%

Volume and Value of Imports for Consumption:

QUANTITY (Cubic Meters for HTS 4407)

Country

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002 YTD*

Canada

42,207,647

42,641,908

42,833,628

43,753,155

3,286,191

* 2002 YTD = January 2002

VALUE (Actual U.S.$ for HTS 4407)

Country

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002 YTD*

Canada

$5,922,863,321

$6,799,939,178

$5,974,838,261

$5,667,682,451

$397,191,685

* 2002 YTD = January 2002

(Source: ITC Dataweb)

 

 

Contact Us  |  About ITA  |  Site Map |  Privacy Statement  Disclaimer
U.S.Department of Commerce  |  International Trade Administration