NAHB Leaders Discuss Lumber Tariffs with Canadian Officials

Filed in Advocacy, Housing Affordability, Material Costs by on December 6, 2021 4 Comments

NAHB leaders met with top Canadian officials on Dec. 3 at the Canadian embassy in Washington to discuss key softwood lumber issues. NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin held productive talks with Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng, Ambassador Kirsten Hillman and members of the Canadian parliament regarding the Commerce Department’s recent action to double tariffs on Canadian lumber imports from 9% to 18% and on the need to restart negotiations on a new softwood lumber trade agreement.

NAHB discusses lumber tariffs with top Canadian officials

From far left, NAHB CEO Jerry Howard and Chief Lobbyist Jim Tobin discuss lumber issues with top Canadian officials at the Canadian embassy in Washington.

The tariffs harm housing affordability by acting as a tax on American home builders and home buyers, and contribute to huge price volatility in the lumber market by putting upward pressure on lumber prices.

Canadian officials expressed an interest in restarting lumber trade talks that will lead to a long-term stable solution in lumber trade that will eliminate tariffs and provide for a consistent and fairly priced supply of lumber.

In a related development, NAHB sent a letter to President Biden on Dec. 3 opposing the the Department of Commerce’s decision to double tariffs on Canadian lumber and warned that this action “threatens housing affordability.”

NAHB called on Biden “to take quick action by your administration to combat high lumber prices by engaging with Canada on a new softwood lumber trade agreement and increasing domestic lumber production.”

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  1. Fraser Lynn says:

    It seems that neither The President, his staff, or his administration understands that this additional lumber tariff will unnecessarily add to the current environment our nation is experiencing of upward inflationary pressures. Publicly Joe Biden keeps saying that he is doing everything he can to ease our current inflationary environment. If these new tariffs go into effect, he will be doing the opposite and just adding to the problem. Why is there not a lot more in the press about this issue?

  2. Ray Campbell says:

    Our government does not care about the cost of housing. The NAHB has been trying to get the Commerce Secretary to take action on the lumber crisis for over a year to only hear that they are now going to double the tariffs on lumber. This is not the way to solve a problem but only adds to it. Our government says they are concerned about housing affordability but actions speak louder than words.

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