Tag: Canadian lumber

Results from Lumber Tariffs Highlight Folly of Protectionism

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 18, 2018 2 Comments
Results from Lumber Tariffs Highlight Folly of Protectionism

As the Trump administration weighs imposing steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies, most mainstream economists are warning that such protectionist trade policies will result in harsh negative repercussions for the domestic economy.

But the president insists this course is needed to shore up struggling U.S. industries. So who is right?

NAHB Chairman Randy Noel — citing a real-life lumber tariff situation that has been flying under the radar for more than a year — provides the clear answer in a recent op-ed published in The Hill.

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Record-High Lumber Costs Adding More than $7,000 to the Price of a Home

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 11, 2018 13 Comments
Record-High Lumber Costs Adding More than $7,000 to the Price of a Home

Since the beginning of last year, rising lumber prices — primarily as a result of tariffs on imported Canadian softwood lumber — have increased the price of an average single-family home by more than $7,000.

We need you to take action now by writing the White House and your member of Congress today.

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NAHB Holds Productive Meeting with Treasury Secretary

Filed in Housing Finance, Leadership by on April 25, 2018 2 Comments
NAHB Holds Productive Meeting with Treasury Secretary

The U.S.-Canada softwood lumber trade dispute, housing finance reform and tax-related housing issues were on the agenda when NAHB Senior Officers recently met with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Trade Rep Shows No Sense of Urgency on Lumber Trade Dispute

Filed in Capitol Hill by on March 23, 2018 7 Comments
U.S. Trade Rep Shows No Sense of Urgency on Lumber Trade Dispute

During a March 21 hearing before the House Committee on Ways and Means on the U.S. trade policy agenda, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said there is little chance that the softwood lumber trade dispute with Canada will be resolved anytime soon.

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Lumber Exports and Imports are on the Rise

Filed in Construction Industry by on February 21, 2018 3 Comments
Lumber Exports and Imports are on the Rise

As punitive duties averaging more than 20% were imposed on Canadian softwood lumber imports in 2017, domestic producers responded by shipping record amounts of timber overseas, raising prices for builders and exacerbating housing affordability issues.

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NAHB Disappointed in ITC Canadian Lumber Ruling

Filed in Construction Industry by on December 7, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Disappointed in ITC Canadian Lumber Ruling

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald said the association is not satisfied with today’s ruling by the International Trade Commission that lumber shipments from Canada pose a threat of injury to domestic lumber producers.

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NAHB Members Testify before the U.S. Int’l Trade Commission on Softwood Lumber

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on September 13, 2017 0 Comments
NAHB Members Testify before the U.S. Int’l Trade Commission on Softwood Lumber

Two NAHB members testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on Sept. 12 as part of the ITC’s final hearing to determine whether U.S. lumber producers have been injured as a result of softwood lumber import from Canada

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A Show of Unity on Canadian Lumber

Filed in Construction Industry, Economics by on August 24, 2017 3 Comments
A Show of Unity on Canadian Lumber

NAHB CEO Jerry Howard 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.

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Lumber Tariffs Threaten Thousands of U.S. Jobs, Raise Housing Costs

Filed in Economics by on June 27, 2017 22 Comments
Lumber Tariffs Threaten Thousands of U.S. Jobs, Raise Housing Costs

In a move that will raise housing costs and price countless American households out of the housing market, the Commerce Department on June 26 imposed a preliminary 6.87% anti-dumping duty on Canadian lumber imports on top of the 19.88% countervailing duties announced in April.

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Lighthizer Confirmed as U.S. Trade Representative

Filed in Capitol Hill by on May 11, 2017 0 Comments

“As our members express their growing concern about a continuing trade dispute that’s made Canadian lumber prices skyrocket and threaten housing affordability, we look forward to working with Mr. Lighthizer on a positive resolution,” said NAHB Chair Granger Macdonald.

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