U.S. com­pa­nies plead for ex­emp­tions to du­ties

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Sev­eral Amer­i­can com­pa­nies that rely on Cana­dian soft­wood say thou­sands of Amer­i­can jobs are at risk un­less the U.S. Depart­ment of Com­merce ex­empts them from hefty du­ties im­posed on im­ported soft­wood lumber. The U.S. own­ers of three bed­frame mak­ers and a com­pany that trans­forms yel­low cedar into high-end prod­ucts have ap­pealed to be ex­empted from 20 per cent av­er­age coun­ter­vail­ing du­ties and im­pend­ing anti-dump­ing charges on Cana­dian im­ports. With­out a dis­pen­sa­tion, the com­pa­nies said they would be forced to sub­stan­tially raise prices, risk­ing lower sales and job losses.

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