Take Action Now to Fight the New Lumber Tariffs

Filed in Material Costs, Membership by on December 3, 2021 5 Comments

act nowThe Commerce Department on Nov. 24 moved forward with its next administrative review to double the tariffs on Canadian lumber shipments into the U.S. from 9% to 18%.

NAHB strongly opposed this move as it will only exacerbate market volatility, put upward pressure on lumber prices and make housing more expensive.

We need your help to get Congress involved. Please call or write your members of Congress today and urge them to tell President Biden to negotiate an updated softwood lumber agreement with Canada and increase U.S. lumber production by harvesting more timber from U.S. forest lands.

Click on the “Take Action Now” button below to send a letter to your members of Congress.

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  1. Jay says:

    Thank you for calling this out. I just contacted my representative and both senators.

  2. Kevin Pratt says:

    This would be a crazy thing to do given the current inflation situation.

  3. EDJ says:

    When 20% tariff went into affect back in 2017, the data indicated there was minor changes up and down to lumber prices ($400 to $500/1,000 ft board). Since US reduced tariffs at the end of 2020 to 9%, lumber prices climbed to historic levels ($1,600).

    Market conditions are biggest drivers to prices. This includes demand from pandemic (stay at home) and millennials entering the home markets coupled with strategic supply management by the 5 major public traded N.A. lumber companies (4 are Canadian based) whose combined net profits YOY for 2nd Qtr climbed from $160 million in 2020 to $3.7 billion in 2021. 3rd quarter YOY profits are up 34%. Plus Canada is still heavily subsidizing its timber industry. Tariffs minor impact on lumber prices pale in comparison to lumber manufacturers aggressive and regular price increases.

  4. Beat lumber tariffs by switching to insulated concrete forms/ Concrete Rules! #Polycreteusa

  5. Let’s all band together now to contact every political figure through our local, state, and national representatives and express our concerns!
    Our collective voice can make a difference!
    Let’s do it!
    E Pluribus Unum: From Many, One!
    Onwards and Upwards with Health and a Unified Voice!
    S. Robert August

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