Trump administration: softwood threat from Trudeau government 'inappropriate'

  • Trump administration: softwood threat from Trudeau government 'inappropriate'

Trump administration: softwood threat from Trudeau government 'inappropriate'

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in response that "threats of retaliatory action are inappropriate" and won't influence the White House's decision on tariffs.

Today the Liberals making public a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the BC Liberal leader saying he'll "consider this request carefully and seriously", and has asked trade officials to examine the next steps.

The government is also looking at duties against several OR industries, the BBC has learnt.

The mattress frame companies said the wood they need has small knots and fine grain, characteristic of softwood species grown in colder climates like Canada.

But the Canadian government disputes those charges and is investigating several OR industries that may be receiving USA subsidies, including the plywood, flooring, wood chips and wine sectors, CTV News reported.

Two government sources insist the threat has nothing to do with U.S. President Donald Trump; they say it's a one-off, specific action related to one dispute, and one Democratic senator in one state.

There's an easy solution: a long-term softwood-lumber deal would put the issue to rest, one source said.

The U.S. made import duty determinations on Canadian softwood lumber that have great ramifications on the Canadian economy.

The government says it has identified nine programs in OR that assist businesses, primarily in lumber.

He was reacting to reports that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was "seriously" considering prohibiting U.S. thermal coal imports in response to a surprise U.S. move last month to impose tariffs of up to 24 percent on Canadian softwood lumber. "Wyden has been a chief proponent for years of the baseless and unfounded claims against the Canadian softwood lumber industry".

Ross said that no actions taken by the Canadian government will in any way affect the decisions of the United States of America on import duty. "Our officials have already been looking at this", said one government official familiar with the plan.

"(That being said), we still have to respond to these issues as they come".