CANADA LAUNCHES NAFTA CHAL­LENGE OVER U.S. DU­TIES

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The fed­eral gov­ern­ment on Tues­day launched a NAFTA trade chal­lenge of the U.S. Com­merce De­part­ment’s de­ci­sion ear­lier this month to im­pose du­ties on Cana­dian softwood lumber ex­ports. The gov­ern­ment is pur­su­ing the chal­lenge un­der the North Amer­i­can Free Trade Agree­ment’s Chap­ter 19 dis­pute-set­tle­ment mech­a­nism, which the U.S. wants to re­move as part of talks to mod­ern­ize the three-na­tion trade pact. “We will force­fully de­fend Canada’s softwood lumber in­dus­try, in­clud­ing through lit­i­ga­tion, which we are launch­ing to­day,” the for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment. It called Washington’s Nov. 2 de­ci­sion to im­pose fi­nal du­ties on Cana­dian lumber ex­ports as “un­fair, un­war­ranted, and deeply trou­bling.” The U.S. ac­cuses Canada of un­fairly sub­si­diz­ing and dump­ing softwood lumber.

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