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information regarding the Canada - United States softwood lumber dispute.
- The provincial government filed its 20-volume response to the countervailing duty (CVD)
questionnaire from the U.S. Department of Commerce on June 28.
- The International Trade Commission (ITC) made a preliminary determination on May l6 that
the alleged subsidies pose a threat of injury to the U.S. industry.
- The preliminary determination on subsidy is now scheduled for July 27, 2001; the final
determination is not expected until late this year or early the following year.
- Exclusions Process - During a CVD investigation, Canadian companies that have
received no (or de-minimis) benefits from the alleged subsidy program can request that
they be excluded from the countervailing duty order. The U.S. Department of Commerce is
still considering what form an exclusion process may take for this case. Once Commerce
decides, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade will provide detailed
information on the process. A Ministry of Forests Exclusions Office has been set up to
handle any Ministry certifications under the process.
BC Ministry of Forests
Economics and Trade Branch
Phone (250) 387-8610
PO Box 9514, Stn Prov Govt Victoria V8W9C2
3rd Floor 595 Pandora Ave Victoria V8W3E7
BC Ministry of Forests Exclusions Office:
Phone (250) 384-7161