May 11, 2015: I need information about exporting softwood lumber to the U.S. At present there is no duty on lumber going into the US, but I’d like to know the procedure.

Q. I need information about exporting softwood lumber to the U.S. At present there is no duty on lumber going into the US, but I’d like to know the procedure.

A. According to DFATD the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the United States and Canada has been extended until October 2015.

The Canada-United States Softwood Lumber Agreement:

“The most recent agreement, the Canada-U.S. Softwood Lumber Agreement 2006 (SLA), returned more than $5 billion in duty deposits to Canadian companies and included provisions that have promoted stable and predictable access to the U.S. market. This measure of stability and predictability has been valuable to Canadian exporters and forest-dependent communities during the recent period of unprecedented challenges in the Canadian forest sector. With the strong support of industry and provinces, Canada and the United States agreed, in January 2012, to extend the Agreement from its original seven years to October, 2015. Canada has agreed to consult with the United States before that expiry date with respect to whether a further extension would be appropriate.”

Trade Commissioner Service

For companies entering a market (via exporting or investing), the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service can help.  Its mobile site provides country information, market potential assessments, in-country contacts and events, as well as the name of the Trade Commissioner with specific responsibility for the sector in the country and in Canada.   For example, according to their site, the Trade Commissioners responsible for the Forestry and Wood Products sector in the different markets are:

Canada – Ontario

U.S.A

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