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SURVEY SHOWS CLEAR AMERICAN OPPOSITION TO CANADIAN LUMBER DUTY

SURVEY SHOWS CLEAR AMERICAN OPPOSITION TO CANADIAN LUMBER DUTY
 WASHINGTON, April 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans operating in the forest products industry overwhelmingly oppose a duty on Canadian softwood lumber exports to the United States, according to a survey of the American forest industry by Random Lengths, a U.S. weekly report on North American forest products markets.
 Of the 2,045 responses to the publication's question, "Should there be a duty on Canadian lumber, or should it be dropped?" 1,482, or 72.5 percent, favored eliminating the 14.48 percent duty proposed by the Department of Commerce last month in a preliminary subsidy determination on Canadian softwood lumber.
 The strongest opposition to the duty, according to the survey, came from U.S. lumber retailers. Of the 734 retailers responding to the question, 90.9 percent opposed it. Of the 444 U.S. lumber wholesalers who responded to the survey, 78.4 percent opposed it.
 Even among U.S. wood products manufacturers, only a bare majority favored the Commerce Department's decision. Of the 372 respondents, 55.4 percent approved the duty and 40.6 percent disapproved it.
 Commenting on the survey, Tom Buell, chairman of the Canadian Forest Industries Council, said: "Canadians know that this duty is unjustified. The survey proves that it is also unpopular with the American Industry.
 "If the Commerce Department's preliminary determination stands, American retailers and wholesalers will be paying more for lumber, and the price rise will be passed along to American consumers. With both Canada and the U.S. struggling to emerge from recessions, it makes no sense to add a tax that will drive the cost of wood and homes up, and impede economic recovery."
 Since October 1991, the Commerce Department and International Trade Commission have been investigating whether Canadian lumber practices constitute a subsidy to their industry and cause injury to the U.S. industry. Final determinations on subsidy and injury will be rendered during the next several months.
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 /CONTACT: Clare Lynam for the Canadian Forest Industries Council, 202-457-6382/ CO: Canadian Forest Industries Council ST: District of Columbia IN: PAP SU:


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