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CANADIAN LUMBER CASE NO THREAT TO STATE LOG EXPORT RESTRICTIONS, INDUSTRY SUPPORTERS OF RESTRICTIONS SAY

 CANADIAN LUMBER CASE NO THREAT TO STATE LOG EXPORT RESTRICTIONS,
 INDUSTRY SUPPORTERS OF RESTRICTIONS SAY
 PORTLAND, Ore., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe McCracken, executive vice president of the Western Forest Industries Association, said today that "claims that the case against Canadian timber subsidies threatens state log export restrictions are a red herring. This case in no way affects the right of U.S. states to restrict log exports."
 McCracken said that this issue "has been worked up by Canadian lobbyists in an effort to panic the Northwest industry, and it doesn't contain one bit of truth." He noted that his association is a strong advocate of restrictions on the export of logs harvested on state lands and of the countervailing duty case.
 In calculating Canada's timber subsidies, the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports urged the Department of Commerce to compare Canadian timber fees to the price for similar timber sold competitively in the U.S. market, as the best measure of Canadian lumber subsidies. Yet, under its legal precedent, the department found that Canadian export restrictions depress the price of Canadian logs and contribute to the problems caused by non-competitive timber pricing. The Coalition noted, for example, that without Canadian export restrictions, U.S. mills could buy Canadian logs that are undervalued as a result of the Canadian timber subsidies. Canadian lobbyists have been urging U.S. industry and government officials that if Canadian export restrictions are included in the calculation of Canadian subsidies, U.S. states will not be able to restrict log exports. The Coalition noted that this is totally inaccurate.
 Since Commerce preliminarily found a 14.5 percent subsidy on Canadian lumber, Canadian officials have attacked the decision in an effort to protect their subsidies. Aaron Jones, president of Seneca Sawmill Co. and another supporter of export restrictions, said, "The Canadian objections have nothing to do with protecting U.S. export restrictions. The countervailing duty case against Canada does not affect our restrictions. What is really going on is that Canada's paid lobbyists -- including Neil Goldschmidt -- are doing everything possible to protect Canada's subsidies, and they hope to find allies in the United States by misleading people about this important issue."
 The Coalition noted that while Canadian restrictions may be legal, they also are countervailable. U.S. restrictions, by comparison, do not negatively affect a foreign nation's industry.
 McCracken added, "It is ridiculous to suggest that members of the U.S. Coalition would ever put at risk export restrictions and permit unfettered export to Pacific Rim countries that restrict imports of our value-added products. Once again, the Canadian industry is attempting to avoid the real issue -- why do Canadian lumber companies get their timber in non-competitive sales at one-fourth of market value?"
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