Tribunal Sides With US In Canadian Lumber Feud

Law360, New York (September 28, 2009, 5:28 PM EDT) -- An international trade tribunal has ruled that Canada’s offer to fork over $36.7 million to the U.S. government did not cure its breach of a deal between the two nations over softwood lumber imports.

The decision, announced Monday by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, will allow the U.S. to continue to impose customs duties of up to 10 percent on imports of softwood lumber products from the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Kirk called the tribunal’s decision a “terrific outcome,” saying it confirmed...
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