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U.S. importing more lumber from Russia since Canadian tariffs

August 21, 2017

By: The Working Forest Staff

Russia has emerged as one of the winners from the trade dispute between Canada and the U.S over lumber, the Globe and Mail reports.

U.S. government data shows that the nation is importing more softwood lumber from overseas since it imposed tariffs on Canadian suppliers, making them more expensive. Russian shipments are reported to be 42 per cent higher so far in 2017.

“It seems to be that there’s something illogical that we’re not buying the lumber from our neighbors to the north, that we’re buying it from the Russians,” Jerry Howard, chief executive officer of the National Association of Home Builders, said in a telephone interview from Washington. “That’s sort of the looking glass that we’ve gone through and that’s what the market is forcing us to do now.”

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Your comments.

  1. Bob Thomas says:

    Trump talks jobs, putting Americans to work. So, impose crippling tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber, which adds to the cost of building a house, which means fewer people can afford to buy, which means fewer houses are being built, which means fewer jobs in the house building industry, and then as if Trump doesn’t have enough troubles with Putin and Moscow, they’re bringing in softwood lumber from Russia. Wow, the optics are blinding.

  2. Ross says:

    I mentioned previously this is what occurs. It did last time and was expected to occur again. I expect it is also duty free. This makes no sense.

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