Executive Council
Fisheries and Land Resources
November 2, 2017

Softwood Lumber Agreement Benefits Province’s Lumber Producers

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is pleased with today’s decision by the United States Department of Commerce that Newfoundland and Labrador would be excluded from any tariffs on softwood lumber produced in this province.

The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources continues to sit on the federal-provincial task force on softwood lumber given the importance of this industry in Canada.

In 2016, Newfoundland and Labrador exported $5 billion in goods to the United States accounting for close to 60 per cent of all goods exported from the province. Of this, $10.5 million was from the softwood lumber industry.

“We have worked very closely with our Atlantic counterparts and the Federal Government to advocate on behalf of the softwood lumber industry. Our government’s advocacy will continue on behalf of our industries as we strategically position Newfoundland and Labrador in the Canada-United States trade relationship.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

“Our government welcomes the elimination of the countervailing duties and potential anti-dumping charges on timber exports to the United States. Unrestricted access to these traditional markets is important for the future of our province’s lumber industry and will lead to positive growth and new market opportunities for forest products produced in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Gerry Byrne
Minister of Fisheries and Land Resources

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Learn More
United States Department of Commerce - www.commerce.gov/sites/commerce.gov/files/softwood_lumber_canada_ad_cvd_final_fact_sheet.pdf PDF icon

News release on task force for softwood lumber www.releases.gov.nl.ca/releases/2017/ffa/0426n04.aspx

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2017 11 02                              2:40 p.m.