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COALITION SUPPORTS CONGRESSIONAL CALL FOR ELIMINATION OF CANADIAN TIMBER SUBSIDIES

 COALITION SUPPORTS CONGRESSIONAL CALL FOR ELIMINATION
 OF CANADIAN TIMBER SUBSIDIES
 WASHINGTON, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- C.T. (Kip) Howlett, chairman of the U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports, said today that the Coalition appreciated the call from U.S. Congressional leaders for elimination of Canadian timber subsidies as a compromise to the U.S. softwood lumber countervailing duty case.
 "As we have always said, if Canada eliminates the subsidies, the U.S. countervailing duty law provides specificmeans for the Secretary of Commerce to end the case. At that point, when the subsidies issue has been resolved, the case should end, but not until then," Howlett said.
 "The Coalition commends Senators Baucus and Packwood and Congressmen Chandler and Wyden for their proposal," the Coalition chairman said. The proposal calls on Canada to adopt a competitive timber sales program and to open bilateral free trade in logs with the United States. This proposal would not affect the ability of either country to maintain export restrictions vis-a-vis other countries.
 "A countervailing duty is always a second-best alternative to elimination of the subsidy. The U.S. industry always has sought free and fair trade in this sector.
 "On the other hand," Howlett continued, "as the Congressmen noted, without elimination of the subsidy, the countervailing duty law is very clear -- the full subsidy will be offset at the U.S. border."
 The Coalition characterized the Congressmen's proposal as an opportunity for Canada "to solve the problem internally and, on that basis, Canada could ask the Department of Commerce to dismiss the case."
 "Without elimination of the subsidy through an open and competitive timber market in a known time frame, however, the Coalition continues to be completely confident that the Canadian subsidies will be found countervailable under U.S. law and consistent with international trade rules," Howlett concluded.
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 /CONTACT: Sheila Weidman of Georgia-Pacific, 404-521-4732, Tony Bennett of Temple-Inland, 409-829-1430, James Foster of International Paper, 901-763-5985, or Diane Olberg of Potlatch Corp., 415-576-8826/ CO: Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU:


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