Updated: July 04, 2001
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This page is your source for 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.  

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BC Ministry of Forests
Economics and Trade Branch

Phone (250) 387-8610
Mailing Address
PO Box 9514, Stn Prov Govt Victoria V8W9C2
Physical Address
3rd Floor 595 Pandora Ave Victoria V8W3E7

BC Ministry of Forests Exclusions Office:

Nick Crisp
Phone (250) 384-7161