US Says Lumber Co. Dodged Duties On Canadian Wood

Law360, New York (May 11, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT) -- The federal government filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Court of International Trade on Tuesday seeking more than $2 million from Northwest Forest Products Inc. for allegedly misclassifying lumber imports to skirt anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Canadian wood.

The suit claims that from March 3 to Sept. 30, 2003, Northwest Forest Products hatched a scheme with its Canadian supplier to import 72 batches of wood from Canada into Washington state, improperly describing the material as wood panels to avoid paying duties on softwood lumber, which...
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