OTTAWA, Canada – Mary Ng, minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, issued the following statement regarding the United States decision to appeal the World Trade Organization (WTO) panel report on US countervailing duties on Canadian softwood lumber:
‘Canada is disappointed that the United States decided to appeal last month’s WTO panel report, which found the countervailing duties against Canada to be inconsistent with the United States’ WTO obligations.
‘US duties on Canadian softwood lumber have time and again been found to be unfair and unwarranted. These duties have caused unjustified harm to Canadian industry and U.S. consumers alike, and are impeding economic recovery on both sides of the border.
‘Canada will continue to work tirelessly to defend its forestry sector, which supports hundreds of thousands of good, middle-class jobs for hard-working Canadians in communities across our country. We will keep challenging these duties through all available avenues, including through our ongoing legal challenges under NAFTA.’
Read Canada’s remarks at WTO Dispute Settlement Body meeting regarding the panel report and the US decision to appeal.
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