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Softwood Lumber Dispute

/ 97.3 The Eagle
             B-C Lumber Trade Council says softwood producers in the province are facing U-S import duties ranging from 26.75 per cent to nearly 31 per cent. It says that’s the combined impact of a new round of preliminary anti-dumping duties announced today and previous countervailing duties announced in April by the U-S Department of Commerce. The two duties will overlap for about two months and both would be reinstated around the end of the year when the rates of the final determinations are set. The council says the same dumping allegations were proven to be unfounded in the last round of litigation and it fully expects the same result this time — but it believes reaching a new deal with the U-S is in the best interests of both sides.

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