Softwood Lumber: Canada Takes Its Complaint to the World Trade Organization
News 1130 (November 28, 2017)

Canada is taking its softwood lumber case to the World Trade Organization, setting in motion a potentially years-long fight against the United States before the international commercial body.

The Canadian government announced Tuesday that it requested WTO consultations over American lumber duties, an initial step in eventually establishing a panel for litigating the dispute.

A similar battle dragged on for four years at the WTO in the last installment of the Canada-U.S. softwood dispute, before a temporary agreement in 2006 put the on-again, off-again issue to rest for a decade.

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