Lumber group: U.S. trying to drive up B.C. producers’ costs by alleging violations of softwood agreement

The head of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council says the U.S. lumber industry is trying to increase costs for Canadian lumber producers with its latest round of allegations of violations under the softwood lumber agreement.

“The (U.S.) coalition has always sought to use trade action to increase our costs, anything to increase stumpage rates, any opportunity to increase costs of exporting across the border whether it is a tariff or a tax or a quota,” said John Allan, president of the council.

Allan noted U.S. lumber producers have strong backing from Capitol Hill with the support of key members of the Senate.

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