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Softwood Lumber Duties

/ 97.3 The Eagle
             B-C’s envoy to the U-S for softwood lumber negotiations is coming out swinging in response to an announcement about new duties on Canadian wood. David Emerson calls the move by the Trump administration a “shakedown,” saying the U-S wants to pit Canadian producers against each other. He says a small but powerful lumber coalition south of the border is behind the tariff, adding it’s something he’s seen many times in the past. Despite the hefty duty, Emerson says B-C and Canada’s industry should be able to weather the storm but it will be much harder for smaller operators.

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