Baucus Calls For Crackdown On Canadian Lumber

Law360, New York (August 19, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT) -- Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is asking U.S. trade officials to crack down on allegedly anti-competitive trade practices by the Canadian softwood lumber industry, saying local government subsidies are giving Canadian producers an unfair edge over their U.S. counterparts.

Baucus wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk on Wednesday to ask for immediate consultations with Canada to remedy what the senator called circumventions of a 2006 U.S.-Canada pact intended to resolve long-running softwood lumber trade disputes between the two neighbors.

“Our current lumber agreement...
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