US Scores Win Over Canada In Lumber Spat

Law360, New York (January 21, 2011, 6:03 PM EST) -- An international tribunal has ruled Canada breached a trade pact with the U.S., a decision that could force Canada to impose some $59 million in new charges on softwood lumber exports, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Friday.

In its second ruling in a dispute over the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement, the London Court of International Arbitration found that Canada had sidestepped obligations under the trade deal’s anti-circumvention provisions, Kirk said.

The tribunal also said provincial assistance programs in Quebec and Ontario designed to boost the...
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