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U. S. app eals softwood ruling to WTO app eals body

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Internatio­nal Trade Minister Mary Ng, shown, said Monday it is extremely disappoint­ing that the United States has decided to appeal a World Trade Organizati­on ruling against its softwood- lumber duties, particular­ly because the U. S. is making it impossible for that appeal to be heard. The WTO ruled in August the U. S.’s import duties on Canadian softwood violate internatio­nal trading rules because the U.S. cannot prove that Canada is unfairly subsidizin­g its softwood producers by undercharg­ing for wood coming off government land. Ng says the U. S. decision to appeal is confusing since earlier this year the U. S. decided the WTO appeal body did not need to exist. It has refused to appoint new members, leaving it without enough people to operate.

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