Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Saturday doubled down on the imposition of tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber, saying they were not based on “political considerations” and that “threats of retaliatory action” are “inappropriate.”
“Threats of retaliatory action are inappropriate and will not influence any final determinations,” Ross said in a statement.
Last month, the Trump administration imposed a roughly 20 percent tariff on softwood lumber imported from Canada, garnering bipartisan support.
In a letter sent Friday to British Columbia Premier Christy Clark, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the tax “unfair,” saying he is “carefully and seriously” considering trade action on coal exports.
“We share the commitment to fighting climate change and protecting the environment,” Trudeau wrote. “We strongly disagree with the US Department of Commerce’s decision to impose an unfair and punitive duty on Canadian softwood lumber.” Read more at POLITICO.