2012-07-18

Beetle-ridden B.C. timber didn't contravene 2006 softwood lumber deal: ruling

Even as Canada declares victory in a major softwood lumber dispute with the United States, the organization representing British Columbia's forest industry doesn't expect the persistent American lumber lobby to reduce its competitive tactics.

An international tribunal convened under the 2006 softwood lumber agreement ruled Wednesday that Canada did not circumvent the deal by shipping large quantities of pine beetle-infested lumber south of the border.

The United States government argued that B.C. mills had an unfair advantage in softwood sales because they've been selling logs made from the destroyed trees at lower prices.