Lumber Dispute Goes To Hearing

The latest round of the Canada U.S. softwood lumber dispute will continue Tuesday as the United States is set to make its case at an international tribunal that British Columbia is subsidizing timber prices for pine-beetle damaged trees. The U.S. Trade Representative, on Tuesday will present its brief to the London Court of International Arbitration in its case that British Columbia is using its program to salvage pine-beetle-damaged timber to sell wood to lumber producers at below rates established in the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement.

The London Court of Arbitration is the body Canada and the U.S. selected as the final level of appeal for disputes under the agreement.

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in January filed its intent to challenge Canada at the London Court after a round of consultations between the U.S. and Canada last fall, the first level of dispute resolution, failed to reach a conclusion.