A Show of Unity on Canadian Lumber

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on August 24, 2017 3 Comments

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard, far right, participated in a forum on Canadian softwood lumber this morning at the Canadian embassy in Washington that included Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton and special softwood lumber envoys from the Canadian provinces. Howard said that he can’t overstate the importance of solving the U.S.-Canadian softwood lumber dispute in which the U.S. Commerce Department has imposed duties averaging 26.75% on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. The tariffs are harming housing affordability and forcing builders to look overseas to Germany and Russia in order to meet demand. Howard added that it is important that Canadian provinces are working with NAHB to find an equitable long-term solution in lumber trade that provides a steady supply of lumber at a reasonable price.

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  1. Scott says:

    The reason we are buying lumber from Canada in the first place is because our workers comp insurance rates prohibit us from milling our timber here in the US competitively. In Maine we cut the timber, ship it to Canada for milling then they ship it back (with a fat new tariff) for home building and other construction purposes. Heaven forbid we take the golden goose called the insurance industry to task, that might actually have some positive effect on the cost of lumber. Instead we impose this tariff which will allow us to once again mill timer in the US at a competitive rate. The insurance company gets fat while we in the home building end of the business struggle to meet financing comps due to rising costs. It’s the insurance business NOT the lumber business that needs tinkering.

  2. Thank you Jerry and NAHB for searching for ways to reduce lumber costs and help more families afford homes!
    And, our prayers are with our fellow Texans for a speedy recovery! Thank you NAHB for helping our Texas friends too!

  3. In Florida pressure treated is sky high. Over $10 for a 2x4x16′. Made from Souther Yellow Pine

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