NAHB’s Lumber Battle Plays Out in the Press

Filed in Codes and Standards by on April 19, 2017 8 Comments

logsNAHB’s longstanding battle to maintain consistent and consistently priced sources of lumber for our members is gaining visibility in the press as your association hammers home the fallout from the trade dispute between the United States and Canada: Higher prices for home buyers.

NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald, along with CEO Jerry Howard and other senior staff, sat for an interview with Bloomberg to talk about how U.S. lumber companies’ insistence on higher duties for Canadian lumber imports — without a guarantee that they’ll take up the slack themselves to provide enough framing lumber for American home builders — hurts both buyers and builders.

“The point is simply to make sure that we use [the dispute] to develop long-term policies that provide for a consistent and fairly priced supply of lumber,” Howard told the reporter.

The Bloomberg story also notes that Robert Lighthizer, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, views the lumber dispute as the “top trade issue between the U.S. and Canada,” and that the president himself is very critical of deals that favor foreign producers over domestic ones — another factor that will likely lead to higher prices for builders.

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  1. Davi thompson says:

    The hell with Canada.
    I’ll pay more for American wealth!!

    • Lars Hansen says:

      Lower costs benefit the many, higher prices benefit the few. I am all for building the wealth of the American people, Not the wealth of American special interests. The American Dream is becoming less obtainable as wealth continues to be consolidated.

  2. John Bitely says:

    This needs to get fixed and quick.
    We do not have enough lumber in the US to take care of our building needs. I get protecting our lumber mills and forests from artificially low pricing but now we are seeing artificially super high prices.
    The other part of the story is that the mills on both sides of the border are now owned in many cases by the same people so they make more money by not working this out.

  3. So build a smaller house and keep the price the same. Most homes are 50% bigger than needed anyway. Houses today are almost triple the size they were in 1950, and families are smaller.

  4. Tom Pahl, Landmark Building and Design says:

    It’s a world economy whether Trump likes it or not. Stopping unfair competition is one thing, but protectionism has never done anything but cause prices to rise and provide an opportunity for a few to grab some short term wealth at the expense of the consumers. We don’t need politics messing with our markets. We need good quality lumber delivered on time. That’s all.

  5. Gary Newman says:

    We Alaskans will bear more of the brunt of the 20% tariff, as Canada is closer to us than the Lower 48. We build more energy efficient houses, such as with double wall construction, due to our extreme climate, so it hits us especially hard. I agree with Bitely and Pahl.

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