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Alberta companies stay committed

during softwood tariff dispute

by Mikaela Kuefler the long term. It's a situation I think that is going to Mulligan.
evolve as we move forward," said Mulligan."The The only recourse for Canada is to litigate, appeal
On April 25, the United States Department of industry in Canada and Alberta completely rejects to various tribunals, and to do some diplomatic
Commerce announced that various levels of duties the U.S. claim and believes them to be baseless. In work. This includes working on a new agreement
will be imposed on imports of softwood lumber the past four rounds of the dispute, they've with the U.S.
from Canada, ranging from 19% to 24%. consistently been found to be baseless by various There are many mutual benefits for Canada to
Brock Mulligan, Director of Communications for international tribunals, such as by NAFTA and the send lumber across the border. The U.S. does not
the Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA), World Trade Organization. We're confident that it's supply enough for their own market, giving Canada
says, "I think that different [Alberta] companies are going to happen again but it's just frustrating that an advantage. When that supply gets artificially
going to sort out the impact in different ways. We we have to go through the dispute to do that. When constrained for instance, by expenses like duty, it
do know that companies are committed to keep you have a large market so close, it's not fair and drives the price up for the American consumer. It
good staff on. We have to wait and adjust to what detrimental to your competitiveness to have this also prices many people out of the house buying
happens." artificial tax applied." market and effects American jobs in construction,
American producers are alleging that Canadian According to Mulligan, the main subject of the transportation, retail, etc.
forestry companies are subsidized by the dispute centers on the fact that Canada and the U.S. According to the AFPA, forestry is a major
government and artificially depress lumber prices. have two very fundamentally different management contributor to 70 communities in Alberta and
They are saying that the fact that Canadian systems. The U.S. forestry industry doesn't supply creates thousands of direct and spin-off jobs. The
producers are harvesting on crown land makes it a enough lumber for their market, making it a big and value of the forest sector to Alberta's economy is
subsidy and that Canada is selling their products to growing market. This results in one third of the approximately $5 billion and is Alberta's third
the U.S. at artificially low prices in order to U.S. lumber consumption coming from Canada. largest resource sector. Canada's annual exports
suppress competition. The U.S. primarily runs their force management total approximately $8 billion, with $800 million
"The dispute has been going on in its current system and harvests off of private land. In many coming from Alberta. As an export-focused sector,
forms since the 1980's. There has been some kind cases, the mill owner buys the logs at the gate. The the U.S. remains the provinces largest market for
of dispute dating back over 100 year about lumber. only cost they have is the log cost. softwood lumber exports and access to important
It's come to another round and a window has In Canada, logs are harvested on Crown land and markets like the U.S. is critical for the survival of
opened up again where producers in the U.S. can companies pay a stumpage fee for use of a public forestry in Alberta.
file a petition against us. In the past, there have natural resource. They also have many other costs, At the Yellowhead County of the Whole meeting
been various agreements. The most recent one has such as reforestation, land management, road on May 16, Council discussed writing a letter to the
expired," said Mulligan. building, environmental monitoring, and site MLA and MP to represent their support.
Currently, the market has adjusted to factors that reclamation. "It shows good will to the industry," said Mayor
cost-in and companies are adapting by trying to "Last year, AFPA members planted 74 million Gerald Soroka.
open up markets in Asia or by encouraging more trees as part of their requirement to replant. Our "The domestic consumer is the real person who
wood use in Canada. feeling is that the dispute is because the U.S. will be affected," said Councilor Anthony Giezen.
The progress of the litigation and negotiation will simply looks at their log and stumpage costs to "Five of the larger companies running in Canada,
have an impact on any agreement as well as the compare them. They're very different. What they also run in the U.S."
overall strength in the lumber market, both in don't factor in is all the other costs that Canadian "I'm frustrated by the process. They come back
Canada and in the U.S. These will dictate how producers have. It's not a fair comparison that through litigation with the same evidence,
companies will react. they're making and it's been found not to be an repeatedly," said Councilor Russell.
"We don't know what that's going to look like in accurate comparison by tribunals in the past," said

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