Premier optimistic following meeting
WASHINGTON — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says he remains optimistic his province can be excluded from hefty duties on softwood lumber exports to the United States.
Gallant met with United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. in Washington on Wednesday to discuss softwood lumber and free trade.
Ross is a senior member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet and is responsible for negotiating the Softwood Lumber Agreement.
‘We were very pleased with the conversation,“Gallant said in an interview following the 30-minute meeting in Washington, D.C.
”It was very substantive and we went into detail.“
Last month, the U.S. Department of Commerce hit Canada with an additional 6.87 per cent in preliminary average anti-dumping tariffs, leaving the industry facing average duties of about 27 per cent.
The decision exempts the other three Atlantic provinces, but New Brunswick — exempt from such tariffs in the past — is not.