August 19, 1990 |
On a May evening in Houston, a mock logger with a real chain saw dismembered a hunk of redwood at the 50th birthday banquet of financier Charles E. Hurwitz. Just a poke in the ribs, Texas-style, for Western environmentalists' most hated foe. Over the decades in Northwest timber country, there have been many objects of environmentalists' scorn.
October 14, 2004 |
The United States will file a rare "extraordinary challenge" to a decision by a North American Free Trade Agreement panel that Canadian softwood shipments did not threaten the American lumber industry, the Bush administration said. A NAFTA panel on Aug. 31 ruled that the U.S. lumber industry was not threatened by billions of dollars in annual imports of Canadian spruce, pine, fir and other woods used to build and remodel houses. That ruling could potentially end U.S.
September 14, 2005 |
The U.S. lumber industry, embroiled in a decades-long trade spat with Canada, said it would challenge the constitutionality of a North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlement system. The Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports said the NAFTA process, called Chapter 19, made findings appealable only to panels of individuals, some of whom are not U.S. citizens and none of whom is accountable within the U.S. government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1992
The U.S. and Canada have a free-trade agreement. Yes? Well, maybe--it's free trade for U.S. goods north, but the southbound trade is not so free. That is because the U.S. feels free to impose tariffs or embargoes whenever it wants. A recent example is the tariff that the U.S. slapped on Canadian lumber, saying that the Canucks subsidized their lumber industry and hence is in unfair competition with the U.S. lumber industry. Probably they do provide some support for their lumber industry.
December 17, 1987 |
Canada and the United States signed an agreement Wednesday to cancel a controversial 15% export tax imposed for the past year on softwood lumber from British Columbia, the government announced. The agreement, signed in Washington, also exempts Canada's Atlantic Maritime Provinces, including New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, from the tax. The breakthrough came when British Columbia, with its lumber industry valued at $6.3 billion (Canadian), raised fees for timber-cutting rights.
April 14, 2006 |
The World Trade Organization's highest court struck down an earlier verdict that the United States had not violated trade rules in asserting that Canadian softwood lumber exports hurt U.S. producers. But the Appellate Body declined to make its own ruling on the legality of the U.S. measures. Canada ships about $6 billion in softwood lumber such as spruce, fir and pine to the U.S. each year. A panel of WTO judges ruled in November that Washington had breached no rules when the U.S.