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aAwf­frai­itrt­senMsit­nait­set­merenCth, Fryosr-eigInn tia Free­land said Canada will “force­fully de­fend Canada’s softwood lumber in­dus­try.”

“The U.S. De­part­ment of Com­merce’s de­ci­sion on puni­tive coun­ter­vail­ing and anti-dump­ing du­ties against Canada’s softwood lumber pro­duc­ers is un­fair, un­war­ranted, and deeply trou­bling,” she said.

The chal­lenge comes un­der sec­tion 19 of NAFTA, one of the

thAe crFosshTairsAof Uas.St.hPeretr­si­il­daet­ner­taDl otr­naadlde pTraucmt ips rene­go­ti­ated.

Cana­dian softwood lumber pro­duc­ers have al­ready laid down about $500 mil­lion in coun­ter­vail­ing and an­tidump­ing du­ties since the U.S. De­part­ment of Com­merce ruled last spring Canada was un­fairly sub­si­diz­ing its softwood in­dus­try and sell­ing wood into the U.S. at un­fairly low rates.

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