N.B. To 'Fight' For Softwood Lumber Products To Be Excluded From Border Duties

Posted on Friday, April 21, 2017 13:27 PM

The Gallant government says it's fighting to make sure softwood lumber from the province is excluded from U.S. border duties.

This comes ahead of a soon to be released preliminary decision from the U.S. Department of Commerce on their countervailing duty investigations of imports of certain Canadian softwood lumber products.

Trade Policy minister Roger Melanson says, in a release, that they were extremely disappointed when the department started the investigation into softwood lumber imports from New Brunswick. The government has set up a task force to deal with this issue.

According to the government, New Brunswick's forestry industry contributes more than $1.45-billion to the province's economy every year and employs over 22,000 New Brunswickers.