ABMA Meets With USTR on Softwood Lumber

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On Tuesday, ABMA met with lead staff at the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to discuss the current state of play regarding negotiations to forge a new Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) with Canada. In short, USTR reaffirmed what we heard from the Department of Commerce (DOC) earlier this year – that negotiations are at a standstill. While public pronouncements from Canadian political leadership suggest a desire to come to the table, staff indicates that their counterparts north of the border are not serious about having a substantive dialogue.

Ambassador Katherine Tai Says Softwood Lumber Agreement US Priority

When Ambassador Katherine Tai met with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng last week, she reiterated that the unfair playing field in softwood lumber is an important priority for the United States.

When Ambassador Katherine Tai met with Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business, and Economic Development, Mary Ng last week, she reiterated that the unfair playing field in softwood lumber is an important priority for the United States.