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Canada challenges US decision to maintain duties on softwood lumber – Ottawa



© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A worker inspects lumber on a conveyor belt at West Fraser Pacific Inland Resources sawmill in Smithers, British Columbia, Canada February 4, 2020. REUTERS/Jesse Winter/File Photo

OTTAWA, Jan 17 (Reuters) – Canada is challenging the U.S. decision late last year to maintain duties on exports of Canadian softwood lumber, Trade Minister Mary Ng said in a statement on Wednesday.

Ng said Canada had launched its challenge under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada free trade deal. The two countries have been arguing for decades about the lumber exports, which U.S. producers say are unfairly subsidized.

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