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Canada wins WTO ruling


March 25, 2004
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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The World Trade Organization ruled that U.S. import duties on Canadian lumber violate international regulations.

The World Trade Organization ruled that U.S. import duties on Canadian lumber violate international regulations.
The WTO said the U.S. International Trade Commission did not follow international trade rules when it decided to add punitive duties of 27% to Canadian imports of pine, spruce and fir boards, saying it posed a threat of injury to the U.S. industry.
A separate panel, formed under the North American Free Trade Agreement, ruled last March that the U.S. correctly calculated the tariff, rejecting the Canadian complaint. The NAFTA panel handling the case sent the anti-dumping component of the tariffs back for further review.
Canadian lumber producers and their U.S. counterparts are awaiting the results of NAFTA’s next ruling on whether subsidies given to Canadian lumber companies represent a threat to the U.S. sawmills.

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